BIRCH BAY - A Birch Bay man no longer faces a charge that he pointed an arrow at his girlfriend and drew the bow string.
Craig Allen Larsen, 54, pleaded guilty Thursday morning, April 18, to attempted second-degree arson and attempted unlawful imprisonment during a drunken outburst on a night in early February.
Larsen got mad at his girlfriend of three years because she had moved some of her belongings from a storage unit into a garage at 5478 Salish Road, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.
Larsen grabbed a recurve bow, then fired five or six arrows into her items in the garage. Prosecutors alleged he pointed an arrow at the woman, but in later interviews with investigators she denied that ever happened. Deputy Prosecutor Eric Richey told the courtroom Thursday he wasn't sure if she was technically recanting or if the sheriff's report had been unclear.
By his own admission, Larsen continued "just being stupid" that night: He took his girlfriend's purse and phone, and wouldn't let her leave the home. She sneaked out to call police from a friend's house, according to court records.
Larsen refused to come outside when Whatcom County sheriff's deputies came to the house. He threatened to "torch the place" with "three gallons of gas and a bunch of oil" if they came inside, according to charging documents. Through a bedroom window they could see him flicking a lighter, trying to ignite a blanket soaked in oil. Deputies rushed inside and arrested him.
He told Superior Court Judge Chuck Snyder he plans to deal with his alcohol problem when he gets out of jail. Snyder sentenced him to three months behind bars.
Larsen had no felony history.