On August 29, 2013, a parish resident, Kevin Lester Albrecht, 44, who resides on Fisher Road, was arrested by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a utility worker, one count of illegal discharge of a weapon, one count of resisting arrest and two counts of resisting an officer. He was placed in the Washington Parish Jail and released later the same day after posting a $25,000 bond.
The incident began when utility workers from Washington St. Tammany Electric and Creel Brothers were clearing a power line right-of-way. The workers reported Albrecht approached them and demanded they get off his property, although they were not on his property. Albrecht left and then returned to the location with a pistol, firing one warning shot while the workers were in a utility bucket approximately 25 feet off the ground. The workers quickly contacted their supervisor who then notified the Sheriff’s Office.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they encountered Albrecht outside his residence. Albrecht then began yelling at the utility workers and was instructed by deputies to be quiet. When asked about the pistol, Albrecht denied having a pistol.
Deputies took statements from all parties involved in the incident and then arrested Albrecht on the strength of the statements from the utility workers coupled with Albrecht’s actions after deputies were on the scene. The case is being referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “Disputes such as this are never resolved through the use of firearms. When emotions are running high, firearms should be left out of the picture. When firearms are introduced and emotions are not controlled, the Sheriff’s Office will get involved and do what is necessary to prevent harm to all parties involved.”