Woman accused of using BB gun to shoot up Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall near Gig Harbor pleads not guilty

Staff writerJanuary 6, 2014 

A woman accused of using a BB gun to shoot up the parking lot of a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall north of Gig Harbor pleaded not guilty Monday.

Heather Lynn Rengo, 39, faces charges of felony harassment, two counts of malicious harassment, aiming or discharging firearms or dangerous weapons, obstructing a law enforcement officer and third-degree and attempted second-degree malicious mischief. Rengo’s bail was set at $60,000.

Court records did not list an attorney for her.

According to charging papers:

A woman called 911 about 9:15 p.m. Thursday to say someone had thrown rocks at her vehicle as she was leaving the parking lot of the church in the 4500 block of 144th Street Northwest. 

The vandal, later identified as Rengo, yelled that the woman was a cult member and a pedophile. One rock smashed the rear passenger door window of the vehicle, which was carrying the woman’s daughter and the daughter’s friend.

Another woman called right after to say the vandal was threatening to kill people, was yelling obscenities at church members and that rocks or BBs were coming from the trees between the vandal’s home and the church. The woman said she heard what she thought were BBs hitting her vehicle.

A man also called 911, to report a woman was standing outside her duplex shooting a BB or pellet gun at vehicles leaving the church. She yelled that she would shoot him, and told him to leave. He said that earlier in the day, just after 3 p.m., he saw the woman holding what appeared to be a rifle, yelling at everyone outside the church.

Deputies determined Rengo was the shooter and vandal, based on witness reports and prior contacts with her.

When Rengo saw deputies arrive, she sprinted toward her home and screamed for them to leave her property. The deputies put her in the back of a patrol vehicle, and when she tried to kick out one of the windows, put her in special restraints.

Investigators did not find a BB rifle, but found a target on the ground by her home with what appeared to be BB holes.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

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