Juneau man accused of gun threat arraigned

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Juneau man was arraigned Wednesday on multiple counts stemming from an incident where he allegedly entered a local business and threatened people inside with a gun, then later tried to injure them with his pickup truck.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Zachary Moeser was arraigned in Juneau District Court on seven counts of third-degree assault, a Class C felony. He is accused of recklessly placing five individuals in fear of imminent serious physical injury by means of a dangerous instrument by pointing a gun at them, or through use of his truck.

Moeser was also charged with one count of first-degree harassment, a Class A misdemeanor. He is charged with spitting on a person.

District Attorney Doug Gardner read from a criminal affidavit in which states Moeser told Juneau Police Officer Tanya James he was going to shut the victim up permanently. Moeser said he brandished a gun, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also stated Moeser said he was going to use the gun to beat the victim "so bad with it that his own mother wouldn't even be able to recognize him." Moeser also said he wouldn't need a gun to kill anyone, as he could do it with his own two hands, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, Moeser also said he envisioned pinning the victims between the bumper of his truck and the building because "anyone messes with my truck and they will die."

Judge Keith Levy set Moeser's bail at $50,000 cash performance bond. He also required a third-party custodian, and prohibited Moeser from contacting the alleged victims. Moeser also cannot possess firearms or reside where firearms are located, cannot violate any state or city laws and cannot leave the Juneau area.

A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 8th, but that may not happen if Moeser is indicted by a grand jury.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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