ETX man breaks into woman's home, threatens neighbors with rifle

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:39pm

Neighbors of an alleged armed man were given a scare Tuesday, after he broke into a person's house and threatened several people with a rifle.

Trinity County deputies, Groveton police officers and Trinity police officers were dispatched to the Glendale Community on reports of a man with a gun acting belligerent and threatening neighbors. Once at the scene, authorities were able to subdue and arrest David Hunter, 51.

According to the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, neighbors heard two gunshots at a neighborhood home. The victims allege Hunter, who is a known felon, went to a neighbor's house yelling, acting in a belligerent manner, then stepped into the home and began making sexual gestures. The woman was able to get away through her back door after her dog attacked Hunter.

The woman was chased next door to her neighbor's house where she took refuge. Hunter arrived at the second house and was met by a man who warned him not step onto his property or enter his home. The assailant left the house and returned moments later with a rifle and attempted to enter the residence where three people were hiding.

With Hunter screaming and banging on the windows and front door, the victims called 911. During the time before officers arrived, a man in the house told Hunter he would be shot if he did not leave. The gunman outside then pretended to unload his rifle and showed them some bullets in his hand in an attempt to lure them out of the house. When officers made it to the scene, the gun was seized and was still loaded with the safety off.

Hunter is charged with felon in possession of a firearm and is currently in the Trinity County Jail. A burglary of a habitation charge is pending further investigation.

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