Intoxicated 27-year-old accused of pulling shotgun on neighbors

Indicted man faces up to five years in prison, $50,000 fine

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A grand jury indicted a 27-year-old Juneau man Friday on felony assault charges for allegedly pulling a shotgun on two people earlier this month in the Mendenhall Valley.

Charles Compton has been charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, each a class C felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Compton is being held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center with bail set at $20,000.

The Juneau Police Department received a call in the late afternoon July 13 about a man with a shotgun who appeared intoxicated, driving away from the scene of a fight at the Chinook Apartments off Cinema Drive. Police located the suspect, later identified as Compton, in the driveway of a third party's home in the 3000 block of Wood Duck Avenue, and ordered him onto the ground.

Compton told police he was beat up when he went to confront a neighbor in his apartment complex about molesting a child, according to court documents. Compton said he went back to his apartment to get his shotgun and confronted the man again before fleeing the scene.

Police gave Compton a breath test that revealed a blood alcohol level of .133 percent before arresting him for drunken driving. The legal limit is .08 percent. Police also arrested Compton for a misdemeanor weapons misconduct charge for committing a crime with a gun while under the influence of alcohol.

Police located the neighbor that scuffled with Compton, identified in court records as Jonathan Torres, who said he went to see about a commotion outside his apartment. He witnessed Compton chasing a teen who was about 16 years old while yelling profanities and, "I'll knock you out," Torres said.

Torres said he asked Compton to be quiet and to stop shouting profanities because his son was repeating them, according to court records. Compton ran onto the porch of the apartment and a scuffle ensued. Torres put Compton in a headlock and released him after Torres said, "OK man, stop, stop," according to court documents.

Compton told Torres, "You better load up your guns," before leaving.

According to witnesses, Compton returned a short time later with a 12-gauge shotgun and said "I dare you to come out right now and I'll blow your head off."

One witness said Compton was threatening Torres' life and was in the "ready to shoot position" at his apartment door, according to court documents.

The victim listed in the second assault charge against Compton is Torres' wife, Angela Torres.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or by e-mail at eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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