Lacey police have arrested two suspects accused of trying to extort money from a homeless man.
The suspects appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. Bail was set at $25,000 for Brian Reece Harmon, 27, while the second suspect, Christopher Ben Pahrman, 27, was released on personal recognizance. Arraignment is set for Dec. 1.
According to court documents, the victim was a homeless man who had borrowed a car from a co-worker with the intention of buying it to live in. The victim was scheduled to pay the owner for the vehicle last weekend.
However, the victim told the vehicle’s owner that Harmon had taken the car sometime Thursday and that he didn’t know where it was. The victim also told police that Harmon stayed with him in the car occasionally.
Pahrman, a friend of Harmon’s, told the victim he knew where to find the car and would reveal the location if the victim paid him, according to court documents.
Pahrman then met the victim and vehicle’s owner at Fred Meyer in Lacey. Pahrman had originally asked the victim for $1,000, but settled for $150 plus an extra $20. Pahrman said he knew the entire time that Harmon had the car. He said Harmon would not return the car until the victim had repaid him money that was owed, according to documents.
Police found out through security footage that Harmon had been at the Fred Meyer store with Pahrman, who owed Harmon $150. Harmon also had threatened Pahrman with a BB gun to get the money from the victim, according to court documents.
Harmon and Pahrman were arrested Friday. Harmon also had an outstanding warrant from the Department of Corrections.
Police later recovered the vehicle and released it to the original owner.