Man gets 30 days for pulling gun on roommate

Documents say he thought man had filmed wife while she showered

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Washougal man was sentenced Thursday to 30 days on a work crew for pulling a shotgun on his roommate because he thought the roommate filmed his pregnant wife while she was showering.

Robert M. Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault in exchange for a reduced charge. Johnson was originally charged with felony first-degree assault.

Washougal police were called to Johnson's residence at about 8:20 a.m. Sept. 26 for a report of possible voyeurism.

Johnson said that after he and his wife had left home, she told him that their roommate had either filmed or photographed her through a window while she was showering that morning, according to a court affidavit.

Johnson said he was upset and returned to the residence with a friend to confront the roommate. Johnson grabbed his shotgun from under his bed and confronted the roommate in the doorway of his room.

He said he told the roommate that the gun was loaded, though it actually wasn't, the affidavit says.

He said he realized that threatening his roommate with a gun was a mistake and returned it to its case under the bed until police arrived, the affidavit said.

The roommate, Michael I. Just, denied that he had watched, filmed or photographed the wife in the shower. He had not been charged with voyeurism as of Thursday. Washougal police did not return a call from The Columbian seeking information about their investigation into the voyeurism allegations.