A 52-year-old man is in custody after allegedly threatening to kill his wife and stepdaughter with a hatchet Friday morning while they were camping at Kreis Pond.
David Paul Allen faces two felony charges of assault with a weapon and three other misdemeanor charges for the assault, which allegedly occurred in a campsite near the Ninemile Ranger Station.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Mac Bloom, Allen was extremely intoxicated when he opened his wife's tent at the campsite and shot bear spray at the woman, identified as Jane Doe I. Two other campers in the tent were also hit with the spray.
Awakened by the commotion, the woman's daughter, Jane Doe II, unzipped her tent and realized her stepfather was hiding from her. As she walked around a vehicle, Allen allegedly jumped out from behind the car and grabbed a hatchet, striking the car repeatedly with the tool.
He then allegedly swung the hatchet at the girl, while reportedly saying, "I'm going to chop her (expletive) head off" and "Everybody's going to get a taste of this."
According to witnesses, the man also made a series of other threats, including "There's going to be blood tonight."
Jane Doe II said she was fearful he was going to kill her mother, so ran to another camp and reported the incident to campers there. According to the report, she asked those campers if they had a gun, because her stepfather was attempting to kill her mother.
Missoula County sheriff's deputies responded to the campsite about 1:30 a.m. Friday, and interviewed the five campers involved, including the wife and stepdaughter.
They also interviewed Allen, who allegedly smelled of alcohol and denied threatening anyone with a hatchet. He also said he "slid" on the ground, causing the bear spray to go off.
"He described the whole thing as a 'misunderstanding,' " the affidavit stated. "Defendant did, however, admit to striking the vehicle."
During his initial appearance Friday afternoon, Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen set bail at $50,000 and remanded him to the Missoula County jail.