Grand Coulee police arrested an Electric City man Monday afternoon when he tried to prevent workers from dismantling his burned-out house.
Police arrested Michael Lowry, who had ordered the two workers, Timothy Powell and Patrick Peterson, off his property at 214 2nd Street. Lowry told the two they were trespassing, and according to Powell, he was told that he would be shot if he continued demolishing the building.
Lowry’s home burned June 4, and Powell told police that he and his partner had been contracted by Fenix Restoration to demolish the home.
Patrick told police that he had hauled material to the dump boxes and the two workers were sorting materials out when Lowry appeared and told them to stop.
Patrick said he told Lowry that they needed to take down the chimney so it would be safe. Patrick told police that Lowry told him that if he took down the chimney he would be shot.
Patrick took the threat seriously, noting that he thought Lowry was drunk.
Patrick said he contacted his boss and told him that he had been kicked off the property and was trying to get his equipment.
That’s when police stepped in and arrested Lowry for harassment. He was taken to Grant County Jail.