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Juneau father, son charged with assault

Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2004

Alleged threats involving a military assault weapon and a hammer led to a father and son going to jail Thursday night after a Valley altercation.

On Friday, Juneau District Judge Peter B. Froehlich set cash bail at $1,000 for Barry Brokken, 42, and Justin Brokken, 18. Both are charged with felony third-degree assault.

Froehlich said the offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Juneau Assistant District Attorney Jack Schmidt told Froehlich that the matter began after the younger Brokken drove fast on Delta Drive and a man in the neighborhood threw a rock at the vehicle.

Schmidt said Justin Brokken stopped and started a dispute with the man, threatening to come back with an AK-47 assault rifle. He came back with his father, mother, girlfriend and a pit bull, the prosecutor said, adding that some in the Valley neighborhood believed he could have an AK-47 in the vehicle.

A second altercation broke out between the Brokkens and people in the neighborhood, according to a report from police Sgt. Kevin Siska. Officers reported that they believe the father threatened someone with a large framing hammer.

Police cited the man who allegedly threw the rock on a charge of disorderly conduct. They cited Justin Brokken on a charge of driving without a license and impounded his vehicle.

Officers also cited a woman, 18, at the scene on a charge of driving without a license. They impounded the vehicle she was driving.

Barry Brokken told Froehlich on Friday that his attorney had advised him to say that he should be released on his own recognizance. He noted he owns a house and a construction business.

Froehlich said the seriousness of the charges required some bail.



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