A 41-year-old Juneau man said he was scared while
standing naked on his boat using a shotgun to hold off a
black-hooded intruder early Thursday, but not as much as later in
the day when he heard the man "just wanted to be friends."
|Michael Penn /
Juneau Empire |
"Josh" Peterson tells the story of how he held an
intruder at gunpoint on his boat, the Seal, early
Thursday morning in Aurora Harbor. Clay Homan Calabrese
was arraigned in court on Thursday for the burglary.
"Josh" Peterson called Juneau police at 1:58 a.m., before he put his
pants on, he said. Officers arrested 27-year-old Clay Homan
Calabrese on a misdemeanor trespassing charge and lodged him at the
Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
Peterson said he was sleeping naked on his 65-foot boat, the
Seal, in Aurora Harbor, when the door opened and knocked over the
keyboard resting atop the computer in his bedroom.
He jumped up and grabbed the short-barreled shotgun hanging near
his bed to ward off the intruder, he said. He led the intruder off
the boat and held him for police.
Wearing a jail uniform while appearing in Juneau District Court
on the trespassing charge less than 12 hours later, Calabrese told
Judge Keith Levy that he had "chatted online" with Peterson, who had
told him about his boat. "I was trying to make friends with the
When Levy asked Calabrese if he was aware of the details of the
charge against him, the defendant pointed at the victim sitting in
the audience. "That's him," he said before speaking directly toward
Peterson. "That's your boat."
Court-appointed defenseattorney Tom Wagner entered not-guilty
pleas on the misdemeanor charges of trespassing and tampering with
property, as well as for charges of violating his conditions of
pretrial release in another pending case. Levy scheduled a jury
trial for January.
Calabrese said what Juneau police wrote about the incident was
"not actually entirely accurate."
"I have a good explanation," Calabrese told the judge. "I was
trying to introduce myself to him."
He said he first went to Peterson's boat at about 7 p.m., didn't
get an answer, and went back later.
Levy warned Calabrese that he was saying things that could be
used against him, but the defendant went on to explain that he had
been banned from participating on an Internet chat site after using
"swear words." He said he knew Peterson from the site.
Peterson said later that Calabrese, whom he only saw as a shadowy
hooded figure on his boat, referred to him by the name he uses in
the chat room.
"I'm glad I woke up," he said. His Alaska malamute, Miaku, was
just wagging her tail at the intruder, he said.
He said he later found two cigarette butts and a puddle of urine
on the deck, telling him the intruder was on the boat for at least
10 minutes before waking him up.
The incident gave Peterson a flashback to about 10 years ago,
when he was the victim of an attempted robbery at a Mendenhall
Valley coffee shop that he ran at the time, he said. That case ended
with the two men being sent to prison.
"He never would tell me who he was," Peterson said of Calabrese.
But while he was walking Calabrese off his boat, he said, "he kept
turning around to talk."
Assistant City Attorney Robyn Carlisle asked Levy to set bail at
$2,000 and require a third party to take responsibility for watching
Calabrese if he is released. She said the defendant has 13 prior
convictions, was on pretrial release on a criminal mischief charge
and was on probation for three other city cases.
"This person was very frightening," she told the judge.
Levy set bail at $1,000 and required him to find a third party to
watch him if he can raise the money.
Calabrese said that wasn't fair. "If I'm not guilty and I'm
sitting in jail for two months, what do I get?" he asked.
After Carlisle and Wagner approached the judge, the courtroom
officer led Calabrese out. Calabrese was still complaining about his
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