Taking out the papers and trash turned rather hairy for a father and son Monday night, when they were accosted at gunpoint in an alley.
Police reported the assailant's intent wasn't robbery or even premeditated. The suspect is 80 years old, and the reasoning behind this armed confrontation is still being investigated.
Brandon Stacker said around 9:30, he and his six-year-old son Drake were in the alley behind the 5400 block of 17th Street. They live one street over, and were dropping off trash in that alley because the dumpster behind their house was blocked.
That's when he said 80-year-old Robert Miller came out of his back gate and pointed a gun at him and his son.
"His dog comes up, starts viciously barking at us," Stacker said. "I asked him, 'Please sir, call your dog off', and his response was he wouldn't call the dog off, and that he was armed and he was going to shoot us. It was just a lot to process at one time. You have the dog barking, you have the accomplice who has a pistol, you have the gunman who has the long rifle, I was just very, very afraid."
Police didn't elaborate on the accomplice. Miller's lawyer, Danny Hurley, said it was his wife. Miller was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault, and was released on personal recognizance bond. Hurley said Miller responded to what he thought was a burglar in his alley, and said he hopes to release a statement Wednesday once they've spoken to all the witnesses and reviewed all the facts.