OROVILLE – Two Western Washington hunters who shot a grouse near Oroville were held at gunpoint Sunday and reportedly threatened by a man who believed they had trespassed onto his property.
Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the hunters were forced to lie on the ground for at least 30 minutes while the man walked around with a shotgun and described to them how he planned to kill them.
The hunters — a 50-year-old Lake Stevens man and 39-year-old Tacoma man — were not injured and reported the incident about 3 p.m. Sunday.
Rogers said the two men were apparently acquainted with the 51-year-old Tenino man who confronted them at about 9:30 a.m. on a side road near what is apparently the Tenino man’s vacation home in the Pontiac Ridge area, 15 miles east of Oroville.
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The men told deputies that the Tenino man drove up to them and pulled out a shotgun, the sheriff said. The man pointed the gun at one man’s stomach and forced him to his knees, then poked it in the other man’s face before taking his shotgun and telling them both to lie down.
Deputies arrested the man without incident and booked him into the Okanogan County Corrections Center on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, harassment, unlawful imprisonment and theft of a firearm.
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