Crime

Suspected burglar held at gunpoint in Tacoma pleads not guilty

For the second time this year, Brandon McGowan was caught inside a house that isn’t his.

He most recently tried to lay claim to a vacant house on 10th Avenue South in Tacoma, police said.

McGowan and an unknown woman allegedly kicked in the back door of the home and took up residence. The owner and her son went to check on the house July 10 and found the couple in one of the bedrooms.

The owner held McGowan and the woman at gunpoint while calling 911. Despite the owner’s weapon, the two fled before police arrived.

Officers searched the area, eventually finding McGowan hiding in a nearby backyard. Police were unable to find the woman.

Pierce County prosecutors charged McGowan, 30, with first-degree burglary and forgery. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

This is the second time McGowan was discovered in a vacant house this year, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespassing after being found in a vacant home in February. McGowan told police then that he was in the processing of buying the home.

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