Gunmen threaten couple in wrong house

by: Lee Stoll Updated:

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. —

Two armed intruders who threatened to kill a North Sound couple say they got the wrong house.

The man and woman broke into a Marysville home in the middle of the day Thursday, authorities say.  Bear mace stains on the wall show where Rohen Brewer-Slater and his wife Marty fought off two armed intruders.

"This spot right here is where I pulled him into the home and slammed him into the wall," said Rohen as he pointed to a hole in the plaster.

Rohen says the couple showed up at the door asking for someone who doesn’t live there.

"They need to get a fact checker.  They got the wrong house," he said.

Authorities say 42-year-old Don Parrish and his girlfriend, 39-year-old Michelle Thomas, rushed in.  Parrish was armed with a shotgun. Thomas pointed a handgun at Marty as she rounded the stairs to see what was happening.

"They were trying to kill us and they were threatening to kill us," she said.

Marty grabbed a can of bear mace in her room.  She sprayed Parrish while Rohen and a friend staying at the home wrestled the gun away.  They also grabbed Thomas’ gun out of her hand before she took off running.  She surrendered a few blocks away.

In court papers, the couple says they were paid $300 by 38-year-old Jennifer Dreewes to recover a stolen laptop and cellphone.

She told them the thief lived in the Marysville neighborhood but didn’t give an exact address.

Rohen says he’s never seen the couple before and doubts they’ll ever want to see him again.

"I just wasn't willing to be a victim and they came to the wrong house," he said.

Officers say the couple dumped a backpack with zip-ties and duct tape in it.

Bail is set at $500,000 for Thomas and Parrish.  Dreewes, who is charged with conspiracy, is being held on $50,000 bail.