A 26-year-old Kodiak man was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly unlawfully entering a home and stealing a firearm and a vehicle, according to court documents.
Walter Frets was charged with first-degree vehicle theft, second-degree theft, and first-degree burglary, all felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of violating his condition of release from a prior case.
In addition to the previously stated charges, Frets is also wanted in regards to an Alaska State Trooper Anchorage arrest warrant where he failed to appear for arraignment for two misdemeanors from an Anchorage airport police incident which occurred on March 14.
Frets is also in violation of conditions of release from a case where he failed to appear for a urinalysis test on Sept. 5.
According to the documents, Alaska State Troopers dispatch received a call at 1:24 p.m. from a woman who said Frets, her fiancé, was having a psychotic episode while sobering up from drugs and that he had walked across the street to his mother’s residence to obtain a handgun to defend his family.
The woman also told dispatch that Frets had been claiming to hear voices calling for help and having sensations that his family was in danger of being killed. However, she said there was no danger apart from Frets obtaining a handgun. Subsequently, Frets picked up the phone and spoke to dispatch about hearing voices all morning and borrowing his father’s .45-caliber handgun.
Troopers dispatch then received a call from Frets’ mother, who said Frets had stolen her vehicle, a black Honda Civic. The mother called a second time, telling dispatch that she was able to talk her son into returning the vehicle and firearm to her home.
A trooper arrived on scene on Middle Bay Drive and met with the mother, who said she had left her home to run errands and had forgotten to lock the doors to her house. There was no forced entry into the house, stated the documents.
However, she said Frets knew he was not allowed inside. She also said he did not have permission to take the firearm or vehicle.
Frets’ mother also said she spoke with Frets’ fiancee, who was leaving the area in her own vehicle.
His fiancee warned her not to go near her residence and proceeded to describe how Frets entered her home and stole a .45-caliber handgun. The mother said she saw Frets driving her and her husband’s vehicle with the stolen gun in his lap, according to the documents.
Frets allegedly told his mother that she and his 3-year-old son were in danger and that he was planning to use the gun to save them. His mother said she told him that neither she nor his son were in danger and requested that he return the vehicle and firearm immediately.
Although Frets’ mother said she wanted to press charges against her son, she said she wanted to speak with Frets’ father first.
The trooper called the suspect’s father who confirmed that he was safe at work and said that he would like to press charges because his son was a danger to himself and others while using drugs.
According to the court document, after a March 8 incident in which Frets was allegedly on methamphetamine and accidentally shot himself with a gun after hearing voices and believing that he and his family were in danger, his father told Frets that he was not welcome in his home until clean.
Frets’ father also confirmed that his son did not have permission to use his firearm or vehicle.
At 3 p.m. the mother reported Frets at Lake Robin Circle, where he was allegedly looking for a check in the mail at her friend’s home.
Frets later alluded to his family being in trouble, according to the document. He said he understood what he did was wrong but added he felt that he had to protect his family. He also said he believed there were human remains of a nose and skull buried under the porch of his Middle Bay Drive residence.
The trooper agreed to drive Frets to his residence to verify there were no remains. The trooper only saw scrap metal pieces and rocks under the porch. Frets’ fiancee stated there were no such remains and that Frets had been having those notions since the previous night.
Frets was taken to Kodiak Jail, where he was arrested with bail set at $7,500 for the arrest warrant, and $1,000 for violation of condition of release. There is no bail for the other charges.
According to the document, Frets will appear in court on Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m. and Sept. 27 at 11 a.m.