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Man accused of pulling gun on roommate

Wife told him she was filmed while in shower

Paris Achen Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Washougal man faces a first-degree assault charge for allegedly pulling a shotgun on his roommate Thursday because he thought the roommate filmed his pregnant wife while she was showering.

Robert M. Johnson, 24, appeared on the accusation Friday in Clark County Superior Court. Judge Barbara Johnson held him on $20,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Gerry Wear to defend him. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Oct. 11.

Washougal police were called to Johnson’s residence at about 8:20 a.m. Thursday for a report of possible voyeurism.

Johnson said that after he and his wife had left home, she told him that their roommate had either filmed or photographed her while she was showering that morning, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.

Johnson said he was upset and returned to the residence with a friend to confront the roommate. Johnson allegedly grabbed his shotgun from under his bed and confronted the roommate in the doorway of his room.

He said he told the roommate that the gun was loaded, though it actually wasn’t, according to the affidavit.

He said he realized that threatening his roommate with a gun was a mistake and returned it to its case under the bed until police arrived, the affidavit said.

The roommate denied that he had watched, filmed or photographed the wife in the shower and has not been charged with any crime. Washougal police continue to investigate the voyeurism accusation, Sgt. Geoff Reijonen said.

Johnson’s criminal history includes third-degree malicious mischief in 2010 and first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and second-degree malicious mischief in 2009.

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