Armed vigilantes harass homeless in their camp
Late Friday afternoon (October 28th) three “Our Town” vigilantes were referred to the county prosecutor’s office for prosecution on charges of Threatening, Harassment and Illegally carrying a firearm.
David Morse, Howard Reynolds and Shea McDonald are accused of dressing in matching camouflage and carrying pistols into the woods within the city limits and rousting homeless individuals camping there.
The victims, a brother and sister, reported to police the men entered their camp in the early evening of July 28th with pistols drawn and began tossing their belongings around, throwing their food on the ground.
When the female victim complained one of the three began to take photos of her saying, “this is your 15 minutes of fame baby.”
While the three men were harassing the 115 pound male victim his sister slipped out of camp and took photos of the two vehicles including their license plates. All three men admitted to police they entered the camp to tell the campers they were not allowed there. Officers reminded the armed intruders, “you are not allowed in there either.”
Our Town leader, Adam Chamberlin was arrested a few days ago and charged with possession of ten stolen cell phones, a “bag full” of data chips taken from dozens of other stolen phones and possession of a sawed off shotgun. Chamberlin had a total of 16 guns in his bedroom when PAPD served a search warrant on his home.
Chamberlin is under investigation by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly pepper-spraying a family in their car on a county road. Chamberlin is also accused of posting lewd photos on his website. Allegedly the photos are the personal photos of homeless victims from whom the phone was stolen.
“Our Town” is a loose knit group of people who hang out on a Facebook website administered by Chelsea Ward. It is on this Our Town website where members are invited to upload photos of homeless individuals in embarrassing situations such as receiving blankets from Salvation Army or attempting to turn in used needles.
Two weeks ago there was a lot of chatter on Our Town’s Facebook page about a travel trailer parked out on the side of Highway 112 between Port Angeles and Joyce. Several posting on the Our Town Facebook page suggested what should be done about the trailer since it was owned by a homeless woman. Someone on their Facebook page suggested burning the travel trailer–the woman’s only home.
Once the idea of torching the trailer came up on the Facebook page several other members chimed in support, one even suggesting they “throw a flare in it.” Sure enough, within 12 hours the travel trailer was burned to the ground under what fire department officials called “suspicious circumstances.”