Charges expected to be filed today after armed confrontation

PORT ANGELES — Charges are expected to be filed today against a man and woman accused in an armed confrontation over a stolen Chevrolet Tahoe.

Taylor Oliver Dickinson, 25, and Kayla Wishart, 19, are being investigated for multiple crimes after they allegedly pointed firearms at two others from a stolen SUV that rammed into another vehicle Saturday morning.

Dickinson, Wishart and a third occupant in the Tahoe, Mason Rood-Durham, 20, fled on foot into Gales Addition, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

The Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will consider filing formal charges against Dickinson and Wishart at their next court appearances at 1 p.m. today.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested Dickinson for investigation of first- and second-degree assault, possession of a stolen vehicle and hit-and-run of an attended vehicle.

Dickinson was driving a stolen 2001 Tahoe that allegedly rammed a Dodge Durango that was occupied by two friends of the Tahoe’s owner, according to the affidavit for probable cause.

Dickinson and Wishart allegedly pointed weapons at the two people in the Durango, who were known to the suspects, Deputy Eric Morris wrote in the probable cause statement.

Wishart, who was in the passenger seat of the Tahoe, was booked for investigation of first-degree assault, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and use of drug paraphernalia, Morris said.

Dickinson and Wishart are each being held in the Clallam County jail on $50,000 bail.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, two friends of the owner of the stolen Tahoe reported seeing it at the Port Angeles McDonald’s and followed it east on U.S. Highway 101 about 8:20 a.m. Saturday.

The Tahoe was reported as stolen to Port Angeles police May 27.

The owner, David Apple, 54, is being held in the Clallam County jail on a charge of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Sheriff’s Office and Superior Court records.

The Tahoe rammed the rear of the Durango in a confrontation outside a residence on East Myrtle Street, Morris said.

The people in the Durango told investigators that Wishart and Dickinson pointed guns at them in a separate confrontation. They said they heard a “pop” as if they were being shot at, according to Morris’s statement.

Investigators found no evidence that a shot or shots had been fired at the Durango, Sgt. Randy Pieper said in a Tuesday interview.

Dickinson, Wishart and Rood-Durham exited the vehicle at the Liberty Gas Station at U.S. Highway 101 and Monroe Road and fled in separate directions into the Gales Addition neighborhood, authorities said.

Port Angeles police and State Patrol troopers assisted in the search.

Morris arrested Wishart without incident in a yard about two blocks from the gas station. She was found to be in possession of a loaded .380-caliber pistol, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Dickinson surrendered to Deputy Marc Titterness without incident from a residence in the 2000 block of Fourth Avenue in Gales Addition. Dickinson was unarmed.

Rood-Durham is considered to be a person of interest in the case, Pieper said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 360-417-2262.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula

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