By Evan Marczynski / Skagit Valley Herald
MOUNT VERNON — A 33-year-old Anacortes man has been charged with first-degree attempted assault after police said he purposefully struck a friend with his pickup after the friend demanded payment for several weeks’ worth of work making candies and caramels in the man’s kitchen, according to documents filed by prosecutors in Skagit County Superior Court.
Shane Eugene Hontz was arrested and booked into jail Tuesday night. His bail is set at $75,000, according to jail records.
Anacortes police responded to a report of an assault about 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27, at a home in the 4900 block of Macbeth Drive.
Officers met with the victim, who stated Hontz had intentionally hit him twice with his tan Ford Ranger, striking him hard enough on the second pass that the victim was thrown onto the truck, shattering its windshield with the back of his left shoulder, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in court.
Minutes before, the two men had physically fought in the victim’s driveway, the affidavit states.
The victim told police that Hontz arrived at his home, loudly skidding his vehicle to a stop out front, and began screaming, threatening to poke the victim’s eyes out and break his legs, the affidavit states. Hontz also allegedly made threats to the victim’s fiance and his daughter.
The incident apparently started after the victim called Hontz and demanded to be paid for about 140 hours of work done over several weeks making candy in Hontz’s kitchen, according to the affidavit. The victim told police that he and his fiance had recently moved to Anacortes to work for Hontz.
Police were unable to locate Hontz immediately after the incident, the affidavit states. But officers did find his Ford Ranger abandoned just outside of town on Marine View Drive.