Aberdeen Residents Arrested After Taking Law Into Their Own Hands With Accused Thief

A couple of B street residents were arrested this week after taking the law into their own hands and trying to beat the truth out of an Aberdeen man accused of stealing.

Lieutenant Kevin Darst said they received a call from a homeowner in the 600 block of North B Street just after 6 pm Wednesday evening, they said they were detaining the suspect of an alleged burglary.

Arriving officers found a man bleeding from the head and face with his hands zip-tied behind his back, they identified him as Dale Peterson and called an aid car.

He told police that he met his attackers through Offer Up and was asked to come to the apartments before he was confronted about a burglary. With a matching mark on his forehead, Peterson told police that he was pistol whipped, beaten with a bat, kicked and punched with his hands zip tied behind his back.

Investigators learned that the previous day the residents caught two suspects burglarizing their apartment. They chased the men down and held them until the police arrived. The men implicated Peterson as the mastermind before they were arrested and transported to jail awaiting arraignment.

Officers served a search warrant on the home which turned up firearms and other evidence. They interviewed Shelly Sowers, Timothy Merrit and Shannon Tejano.

Merrit told police that his friend attacked Peterson and he tried to break it up. He was identified as the person that pistol whipped Peterson, all three were arrested on various charges.

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