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Gig Harbor man angry at noise allegedly vandalizes real estate property

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
September 19, 2012 1:22 pm

Douglas Colman felt like city officials in Gig Harbor had ignored his complaints about noise at a nearby business for too long.

So on Monday he went to the parking lot of Windemere Realty where a contractor was operating a paint striping machine in the parking lot. Colman then allegedly began yelling and kicking his feet across the freshly painted lines.

When the contractor grabbed his cell phone and threatened to call 911, Colman allegedly slapped it out of his hand and went home.

Police dispatchers received a call moments later from Colman, who complained that the striping crew was too loud. An officer responded to his home and Colman said he couldn’t sleep because of the noise. He reportedly refused to step outside of his house for fear of being arrested.

The officer arrested him soon after when Colman tried to drive away from his house.

“The defendant appeared to be somewhat happy about being arrested and said something about how things were finally going to happen,” according to charging papers, which stated there is a “long standing feud” between Colman, the business and the city.

Damages were estimated at $2,500.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Colman with second-degree malicious mischief and fourth-degree assault.

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