(COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent)
Justin Briggs facing assault charges, while Peck facing his own charges after encounter at Safeway…
More information has come to light in the Dec. 2018 case surrounding the assault on Chewelah resident Robert “Wayne” Peck after interviews and investigations.
Peck was reportedly assaulted at his residence Dec. 30 by two men in a pickup truck who arrived under the guise of bringing items for recycling. Peck reported to officers that earlier in the day he had jokingly told a female employee at the Safeway, on or about Dec. 29, that she should donate her long hair to charity. He later reported that he received a call asking if he had made the comment, to which Peck responded he did. The caller then finished by saying “You’ll be sorry,” Peck had told the officers.
Investigations into the case identified a suspect as Justin Briggs of Addy and sufficient evidence was found to warrant a charge of assault in the third degree following interviews with Briggs, his ex-wife Tangie and others involved. The female victim in the case is a minor and is not identified.
A restraining order was filed by Tangie Briggs, the mother of the minor victim, against Peck on Jan. 10, and Peck was later charged with assault in the second degree after interviewing the victim.
The investigation led law enforcement to determine there was sufficient evidence to show Peck did more than just joke about donating hair to charity.
According to reports, the local grocery store employee stated that a man approached her from behind, grabbed her hair, and she heard the click of a knife open that the man produced from his key ring. The man then told her he was going to “cut it off,” she said, replying, “Don’t do that sir.”
The employee then reported the man, later identified using the grocery store’s video surveillance, let go of her hair, laughed and walked away.
If convicted, Briggs could face up to five years in jail and a fine up to $10,000 for assault in the third degree. Assault in the second degree carries up to ten years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
Briggs and Peck have both been summoned to appear in Stevens County Superior Court on March 19.