(AK) drugs, guns, thugs, and innocents protecting property


March 17, 2004, 02:46 PM

Two young men were jailed and another was hospitalized with a skull fracture after a $95 drug deal on the Hillside turned into a violent robbery and fight early Sunday involving guns, a shovel and an elephant statue.

According to charges filed in court Monday, the fight spilled over into a nearby house, where the two tangling men burst through the locked front door and awoke the family inside. The pair was ultimately driven from the home at the point of a rifle.

In the end, two men -- Clay Emmett Millhouse, 18, and Lance Edward Williams, 19 -- were arrested on robbery and assault charges.

Events began when Ariel Patrick, 19, struck out to buy some psychedelic mushrooms, according to Patrick and to charging documents. Patrick and his girlfriend, Tara Coleman, picked up Millhouse and Williams, who claimed they could get the drugs.

Shortly before 2 a.m., the four piled into Patrick's pickup, with Patrick at the wheel. Millhouse directed him to a cul-de-sac on Tree Line Court, a remote street off O'Malley Road with a few large homes and several undeveloped lots.

Patrick parked and pulled $95 out of his sock. "Right as I turned my truck off, they reached over and pulled the keys out of the ignition and pulled the gun on me," Patrick said in an interview Tuesday from Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Coleman told police that while Williams pointed the handgun at her and Patrick, Millhouse took the money and said: "This is you being jacked."

Charges say Millhouse then took the gun, pointed it in the air and pulled the trigger. Nothing happened.

"Patrick apparently seized this opportunity to attack Millhouse," charges say.

A fight ensued, which spilled outside the pickup to the street. Patrick was hit in the front of the head with the gun, which fractured his skull, charges say, but continued to fight the two men. Coleman grabbed a shovel and started banging on her boyfriend's foes. She told police she knew one of them had recently been shot, so she tried to hit him there.

"She was really scared," Patrick recalled Tuesday. "I was really surprised by how, when things came to their worst, she was there and ready to help me."

Millhouse fled to a nearby house with Patrick in pursuit. The two men, still fighting, burst through the home's locked front door. The boom woke everyone inside -- a widow, Amy, who asked that her last name not be used, and her kids.

Amy, who was upstairs with most of her family, said there is very little crime in her neighborhood and that the experience was frightening. But it was clear from the start that the two men were fighting, she said. Banging around inside the house, they broke doors, busted drywall, bled on the carpet.

"I am still perplexed as to why they came in," said Amy. Her oldest son, Nate, 21, screamed at the intruders to leave and tried to break up the fight while his mother called police.

Patrick had the upper hand in the scrap, Nate said. "(Millhouse) was definitely getting beat," he said.

At one point, Patrick picked up an ebony elephant statue and hit Millhouse, according to Nate and Patrick, who said it was self-defense. The elephant, a memento from when Amy and her late husband lived in the Middle East, lost an ear.

Nate threatened the men with an unloaded gun. They finally left the house.

"My oldest son did his very best to get them out of the house," Amy said. "That was his one goal."

Williams and Millhouse were gone when police arrived. Officers recovered a handgun from a nearby snowbank.

Patrick had a bleeding head wound and while en route to Providence, he had a seizure, charges say. Doctors discovered he had a depressed skull fracture and admitted him to the Intensive Care Unit.

Patrick said Tuesday he expected to be released from the hospital soon.

Police arrested Williams on Monday. The 19-year-old confirmed most of what Patrick and Coleman told police, but claimed it was Millhouse -- not him -- who drew the gun and demanded the money, charges say.

Williams told police that as soon as the gun was pulled out, he exited the truck, according to charging documents. He also said that in the course of the fight, Millhouse pointed the gun at Patrick and pulled the trigger but there was only a "click." Patrick decked Millhouse, knocking him to the ground, and then chased him down the street, Williams said, according to charges.

Millhouse was arrested Tuesday, according to a jail official.

Both men are charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree theft, third-degree assault, all felonies, and fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Millhouse is also charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies.

The two most serious charges -- the robbery and first-degree assault -- each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Both men are being held at Anchorage Correctional Complex East. Williams' bail is set at $20,000; Millhouse's at $25,000.

Patrick, who said he has tried drugs recreationally, said he doesn't intend to go into any dark, remote areas with strangers again anytime soon. "Even if you think drugs aren't bad, the people who are trying to sell them are," he said.

Daily News reporter Tataboline Brant can be reached at tbrant@adn.com or 257-4321.

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Kodiak AK
March 17, 2004, 02:54 PM
What wil Patrick be charged with?

March 17, 2004, 03:04 PM
you know, i dont recall EVER hearing of anyone getting arrested for possession of marijuana or mushrooms, or any of the 'harmless' drugs.

i've had friends that say the police confiscated whatever drugs were in their possession, but let them go with a traffic ticket at most.

Kodiak AK
March 17, 2004, 03:10 PM
Things are way different here in Kodiak . Possesion 6th degree.

March 17, 2004, 03:10 PM
Patrick, who said he has tried drugs recreationally, said he doesn't intend to go into any dark, remote areas with strangers again anytime soon. "Even if you think drugs aren't bad, the people who are trying to sell them are," he said. I love a story with a moral. :p

March 17, 2004, 03:13 PM
That story was awsome. Chalk one up for the good guys (being of course patrick and his hellcat girlfriend :) )
If they ever came down to the bay area, I'd love to buy them some...beers :)


March 17, 2004, 03:15 PM
What wil Patrick be charged with? It doesn't appear that any drugs were actually involved. It's possible that Millhouse and Williams never intended to sell them anything, intending just to rob them instead.

I guess there could be an intent to buy charge (if there even is such a law on the books), but it's possible that the authorities probably just felt he learned his lesson with the painfull head trauma and all. It doesn't sound to me like Patrick and Coleman are heavy drug users, just some dumb kids toying with recreational pharmaceuticals.

March 17, 2004, 03:32 PM
I love it when Spenard visits the Hillside :D Of course this is nothing compared with the madness of Spenard. Half-naked prostitutes in bunny boots attacking pimps with frozen salmon. Drunks demanding their money back at hotels they never stayed in. Animal rights activists kidnapping guard dogs. It's the wild west.

March 17, 2004, 04:50 PM
I'm really impressed with the GF's situational awareness, at least after the SHTF. Goes after the second BG with a shovel, and has the presence of mind to remember that the guy said he'd been shot and try to hit him at that spot.

And the sentence involving "guns, a shovel, and an elephant statue" is priceless. The reporter deserves a bonus for his good writing.

March 17, 2004, 05:41 PM
That little wiener Millhouse... anyone else keep picturing Millhouse from The Simpsons? Two things jump out at me; one being "Mr. Clicky" the non-bang-going-firearm; I guess you can crack someone's skull with your Mr. Clicky and still have them chase you down the street, throw you through a door, and just generally WWF the heck out of you... I'm glad the gun didn't work, but I'm not running out to buy one of those.
Secondly, what was the front door of that house made of, tissue paper? That's really scary, that it got knocked in inadvertantly. What a mess.

Jim March
March 17, 2004, 05:51 PM
One hell of a rodeo there!

Man, that GF was amazing...wailin' away with a shovel :D.

March 17, 2004, 06:08 PM
Maybe it's just me, but all the while I was reading that article, I kept imagining I was hearing the old theme song for the Three Stooges, or maybe the Benny Hill theme song.

That situation definitely falls into the 'zany' catagory.

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