Update: Tenant charged with first degree assault

Joshua Matthew Gasperich reportedly shot at landlord three times after receiving eviction notice.

Joshua Matthew Gasperich, 31, was arrested and charged with first degree assault following a shooting Sept. 18.

His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Bail has been set at $250,000.

Gasperich remains in custody at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle.

In late June 2018, Gasperich along with another tenant signed a lease agreement with Sunny Huang and her husband, Zutao.

In an interview with detectives, Sunny told them Gasperich hadn’t been paying rent on time. She texted and called him the morning of Sept. 18 but did not receive a response.

After consulting with an attorney, she was advised that she could do a three-day eviction, charging documents stated.

She arrived at the rental at 11:53 a.m. Tuesday and saw Gasperich sitting outside near his vehicle.

According to the charging documents, Sunny got out of her vehicle and that’s when Gasperich reportedly started to cuss at her. She left the eviction notice on the ground and walked back to her truck.

He continued to cuss at her, the documents stated, and then he got up and went into his unit.

During this time, Sunny had texted her husband that “this guy is crazy, cursed me, and brought gun out of his house.”

Zutao responded and asked if the police should be called but Sunny did not answer.

She told detectives, she saw a red light on her face and then heard a loud noise before it began to “rain” on her face, the documents stated. She then realized it was blood.

Sunny told detectives, Gasperich had shot at her three times.

She was able to get out of her truck and make her way to a neighboring business where they called 911 for her.

During this time, Gasperich got in his vehicle and fled the scene.

A few hours later around 2:30 p.m., officers saw Gasperich driving on Edmonds Avenue Northeast at Northeast 9th Street.

The officer pulled him over and Gasperich was arrested without incident.

When the officer told him he was under arrest for assault he reportedly replied “correct,” charging documents stated.

Sunny was transported to Harborview Medical Center with a bullet wound to the top, right side of her head.

As of Sept. 19 she was in stable and satisfactory condition.

A search warrant was conducted at his home, two casings were located outside the backdoor along with another one found just inside the backdoor. The charging documents stated, a rifle was also found just inside the backdoor sitting on a counter.

The documents stated during the search of his home, two additional firearms were located — an AR 15 with three fully loaded magazines and a .308 caliber Remmington bolt action rifle — as well as body armor.

According to the documents, Gasperich does not have a criminal history.


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