Puyallup woman to undergo competency hearing after allegedly holding teen at gunpoint

Staff writerMay 9, 2013 

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.

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

Charging documents give this account of the incident:

The woman knocked on the front door while the teenager, 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 and, while waving the gun around, asked the boy whether he was part of a cult and accused him of lying. The woman eventually apologized, said she was good person and left, asking the boy not to call 911.

He did, and 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.

Officers did find a bullet hole in the window of the house where the boy lives, and were investigating how it got there.


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