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January 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Man on ‘Doomsday Preppers’ arrested on weapons charges

During a November 2013 episode of the National Geographic Channel TV show “Doomsday Preppers,” Tyler Smith described his plans to commit armed robbery and was filmed loading and firing two rifles on his property in Buckley, Pierce County.

Though he may claim he was preparing for doomsday, there was one problem: Smith, 26, is a convicted felon, which makes him ineligible to possess firearms.

He was arrested Wednesday and booked on two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

“His stated plan was not to defend himself but to use weapons he illegally possessed, to rob his neighbors at gunpoint,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a news release. “Did he really think that this wouldn’t attract our attention?”

Smith was arrested without incident in Bonney Lake. He recently moved there from the farm where the episode was filmed in March 2013, the sheriff’s department said. Smith has one theft conviction and a conviction for a gross misdemeanor sex offense for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

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