A 32-year-old man from Alabama faces felony burglary and assault charges after allegedly breaking into a South Tongass home, threatening the homeowner and, briefly, engaging in a standoff with Alaska State Troopers.
According to a Troopers dispatch published Sunday evening, a call came in just before 5 that morning, reporting a burglary in progress at a residence near Mile 6 South Tongass.
Troopers say that Richard Wilson had broken into an unoccupied residence. But while Wilson was inside, the homeowner returned. Wilson allegedly had a gun, and ordered the homeowner out of the residence before barricading himself inside.
Troopers secured a perimeter around the area while waiting for an arrest warrant. According to the dispatch, a crisis negotiator was on scene and opened a line of communication. That conversation led to Wilson leaving the home.
Wilson was arrested and initially charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of third-degree assault. Additional counts of theft and criminal mischief were added later. He was arraigned Monday in Ketchikan District Court.