Hoquiam standoff ends peacefully, neighbor finds shooting suspect in garage

A Hoquiam man allegedly fired a shotgun at his neighbor then hid, prompting SWAT team response and a standoff at a home on Burns street in Hoquiam Friday night.

Detective Sgt. Shane Krohn tells us just after 9 Friday, officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting incident in the 1400 block of Burns Street in Hoquiam.

A 29 year old male victim, a Hoquiam resident, had called to report being involved in a verbal argument with his neighbor, a 37 year old male. The victim reported the suspected neighbor allededly had fired a shot at him and ran back into his garage.

Officers from the Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Cosmopolis police departments along with a deputy from the Grays Harbor Sherriff’s Office arrived on scene and set up containment. Hoquiam paramedics also responded to the area to stage if needed.

The 37 year old suspect, also a Hoquiam resident, was believed to still be inside the residence. Several attempts were made by the Public Address System from a patrol car for the suspect to exit the residence. Numerous attempts were also made to contact the suspect by phone by officers and family members.

A search warrant for the residence was obtained.

At 0330 hours, the multi-agency Crisis Response Unit (CRU) was activated and responded to the scene.

At about 0800 hours, CRU deployed CS gas, entered and searched the residence which met with negative results on locating the suspect. The CRU cleared the scene and Hoquiam detectives and officers started processing the scene and collected several items as evidence to include a spent shotgun shell and the shotgun believed to be used in the incident.

At 0915 hours, Detective Sergeant Krohn was contacted by the next door neighbor (who was the brother of the suspect), stating she had just returned home and found the suspect hiding inside her garage.

Detective Sergeant Krohn contacted the suspect in the garage and took him into custody without incident. The suspect was interviewed at the station and gave a similar account as the victim with the addition of the victim allegedly coming at him with an unknown object.

The suspect was transported and booked into the county jail for Assault in the 2nd Degree and is awaiting filing of formal charges.

Level 1 Registered Sex Offender arrested after harrassing, and panhandling from, neighbors

A level-1 registered sex offender in Hoquiam was arrested last week after he repeatedly harassed his elderly neighbor.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us neighbors in the 1100 block of Soule Avenue reported that Christopher Grim was attempting to panhandle door-to-door.

On January 30, 2014, Detective Sergeant Krohn updated the department regarding a level one registered sex offender, Christopher Grim, who was frequently bothering his neighbors in the north end of town. Several nearby residents were concerned because Grim was attempting to panhandle several times a day at various residences.

Neighbors had learned Grim was a registered sex offender and several had come into the station over the prior days in order to verify Grim’s status and review his registration information.

Both Officer Hergert and Detective Sergeant Krohn contacted Grim to advise him to stop.

At approximately 1911 hours, Officer McCartney was dispatched to a home the 1100 block of Soule Avenue for Grim knocking on her door for the third time that day.

At approximately 1958 hours, Sergeant Salstrom contacted Grim outside his residence whereby Grim denied going to any of the neighborhood houses. Sergeant Salstrom advised Grim of the several complaints received regarding his behavior. Grim was warned if he went onto anyone’s property without permission or invitation he will be arrested for trespassing.

On January 31, 2014 at 1659 hours, Officer Pearson was advised of a trespassing complaint at the home in the 1100 block of Soule Avenue. Dispatch advised a large male subject matching Grim’s description was knocking on the door for the seventh time in two days. The resident was scared and had locked herself inside her home pending the arrival of the police.

Upon arrival, Officer Pearson located Grim standing inside the enclosed porch of the residence. Grim claimed he was looking for a friend. Officer Pearson told Grim he had been advised by several officers to stay away from the neighbors houses; Grim claimed he was not aware.

Grim was arrested for trespassing and stalking before being secured in the patrol car. Officer Pearson contacted the victim who was visibly frightened and shaking. The victim had to take some time to calm down before she could provide a written statement.

The victim related Grim first came to her door at approximately 11:00 AM on January 30th. He knocked on the door and the windows of her residence. The victim did not know Grim other than she had been told by a neighbor Grim was a registered sex offender living nearby. The victim hid in her kitchen until after several minutes of knocking, Grim walked away.

Grim came back to the residence two hours later and again knocked on the door and windows of her residence. The victim said she opened the blinds to ask him what he wanted; Grim claimed he was looking for “Linda”. The victim told Grim she was not Linda and did not know of a Linda in the area.

At approximately 7:15 PM, Grim returned and knocked on the victim’s door and windows. The victim opened the blinds and said “what do you want?”; Grim looked at her and said “oh I made the mistake again” then walked off the porch. The victim called the police, but Grim could not be located.

The victim felt so uncomfortable in her home that she packed a bag and went to her sister’s house for the night.

The victim returned home on January 31st at approximately 12:00 PM; she was afraid to unlock or open the door to her house and did not even open the door to let the dog outside. Approximately an hour and a half later, the victim saw Grim walk past her house; she thought it was odd since she had just returned home.

At approximately 4:40 PM, Grim came to the door again and started knocking. The victim said she was afraid for her life so she hid in the corner of her front room hoping Grim could not see her. Grim stayed on the porch for several minutes then finally walked away. After Grim left, the victim was able to get to the phone and call 911. She later saw Grim walk past her kitchen window where he looked directly at her before walking back around the house and into the enclosed porch (where he was subsequently arrested by Officer Pearson).

In addition to the new charges, the department will be reviewing the registration status of Grim to determine if his sex offender level should be aggravated to allow additional community notifications.

Hoquiam woman awakes to burglar going through her nightstand

HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Hoquiam woman awoke to an intruder going through her nightstand Friday morning, when she yelled at him to leave he hit her. When she fought back with a lamp, he ran.
Deputy Chief Don Wertanen tells us around 5:45 Friday morning, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Chenault Avenue for a burglary which had just occurred.

An 82-year old woman was woken up by a male intruder going through her night stand while she was asleep in bed. The woman yelled at the male to get out. The male struck the woman in the face and she fought back striking him with a lamp. The male then fled from the house on foot.

Officers set up a perimeter and attempted a canine track with assistance from the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office. The track did not locate the male suspect, but evidence was located along the suspect’s route.

The woman sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital the Hoquiam Fire Department ambulance and was later released.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Krohn at 360-532-0892 ext. 102 or Detective Blundred at 360-532-0892 ext. 109.

Stolen camera photos help book Hoquiam car prowler

Further investigation revealed at least three separate vehicles that had been prowled in the neighborhood.

The suspect’s backpacks contained several items which were suspected to have been stolen. Inside the backpacks were an iPod, a “Silver Bullet” speaker, a blue tooth speaker, a Nintendo 3DS game and a Pentax “Shockproof” camera and a large amount of loose change.

At the time of the report officers were unable to locate possible victims of the property recovered from the backpacks. Several pictures from the Pentax camera were forwarded to KIRO 7, KOMO 4, and KING 5 news in hopes of identifying a victim.

HPD received several calls from citizens who believed they knew the owner of the camera and that she resided in the 2400 block of Pacific Avenue in Hoquiam.

HPD Detectives contacted the owner and confirmed she was a victim of an unreported vehicle prowl that had occurred sometime during the night.

The suspect was issued a Criminal Citation for Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree and subsequently booked into the HPD jail. Charges of Possession of Stolen Property are pending and more charges may result as the investigation continues.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Krohn at 360-532-0892 ext. 102 or Detective Blundred at 360-532-0892 ext. 109.

Detective Sergeant Krohn tells us the Hoquiam Police Department has taken a total of 30 vehicle prowl reports over the last three months. A breakdown on reports by months: June (10), July (12) and so far in the month of August (9), with (5) of those reports since yesterday evening. Some of the reports included multiple vehicles being prowled.

Coin Vaults Dissappear From Bus Yard

Hoquiam Police report this is not the first time this has happened, a similar burglary had occurred at this location on May 21, 2010 where several of the coin vaults were later recovered outside of Hoquiam. Several leads were pursued, but no charges have yet been filed in that incident.


Investigators are working on obtaining video surveillance regarding this incident and are collecting other latent evidence.


Persons with information on this incident are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Krohn at 360-532-0892 ext. 102.