A Stevensville couple who were quietly enjoying a movie Saturday night had an unusual intermission when some acquaintances entered their home and allegedly tried to sell them hallucinogenic mushrooms, then tried to rob them and roughed them up.
According to court documents, Eric David Stengar, 42, and Rowdy Eric Stengar, 21, both from Stevensville, were invited into the home in the 200 block of Buck Street, and tried to get a male at the residence to buy some mushrooms. When the man told the Stengars that he didn’t have any money, one of the Stengars reportedly said, “The thing is, we’re robbing you right now.”
The Stengars each allegedly took out a gun and pointed it at the man’s head, and at a woman in the home. The man said the Stengars “pistol whipped” him with the barrel of the gun and choked him, and that the Stengars also pressed the barrels of their guns into his chest.
The Stengars, however, reported the other man first pulled out a hunting rifle and told Rowdy Stengar to empty his pockets, and that’s when they got out their guns.
Rowdy Stengar was found with a 9mm Taurus semiautomatic pistol in his waistband, while Eric Stengar had a .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic pistol in his front pants pocket, according to an affidavit. In addition, when searched at the Ravalli County Detention Center, staff allegedly found a baggie of hallucinogenic mushrooms on Eric Stengar.
Both Eric and Rowdy Stengar face two counts of felony robbery charges, two counts of felony assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Eric Sengar also faces a felony count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
The men remain jailed in lieu of a $50,000 bond.