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Puyallup woman charged with holding teen at gunpoint in his own home

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 9, 2013 at 10:50 am |
May 9, 2013 10:50 am

A 53-year-old Puyallup woman must undergo a hearing to determine whether she is mentally competent to face charges that she forced her way into a neighbor’s home and pointed a gun at a teenage boy.

The incident happened Tuesday in the 1600 block of 28th Street Southwest.

Charging documents give this account:

The woman knocked on the front door while the teenage boy, who was home alone, was playing video games. She told him a man had shot out his window and pointed a handgun in the boy’s face when he tried to close the door on her.

She accused him of knowing the man, asked the boy if he was part of a cult and accused him of lying while waving the gun around.

The woman eventually apologized, said she was good person and left, asking the boy not to call 911.

Police surrounded the woman’s home and took her into custody. Officers seized the handgun and other firearms from her house. Family members told police she is being treated for mental illness.

They are still investigating the bullet hole found in the house where the teen boy lives.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged the woman with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. Her competency hearing is set for May 23.

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