OKANOGAN — A 32-year-old Twisp man was arraigned Monday (Oct. 10) in Okanogan County Superior Court on charges stemming from an alleged robbery late last month.
Christopher Brian Durgin stood before Judge Christopher E. Culp and heard charges of attempted first-degree robbery, resisting arrest and four counts of harassment (threats to kill) — including alleged threats against two Omak police officers. Durgin pleaded not guilty to all counts.
The man allegedly attempted to steal a propane truck from D&R Glass in Omak on Sept. 28. During the incident, Durgin allegedly threatened the lives of one of the glass company’s employees and a neighboring business manager.
In a probable cause report filed with the court, Durgin allegedly threatened repeatedly to kill the men. Both alleged victims barricaded themselves inside the glass shop, 513 Okoma Drive, while Durgin “attempted to get inside of the building but found the doors to be locked,” the report said.
Durgin “shook the door and threatened to kill the men,” the report said, before Durgin took off on foot northbound on Okoma Drive.
Omak police officer Jerod Gavin later encountered Durgin, who the officer described as “highly confrontational” and wrote that Durgin said “he would kill me.”
Durgin also allegedly threatened to harm Omak code enforcement officer Gary Lewis, who was also at the scene.
According to the report, when Gavin attempted to handcuff Durgin, the suspect “refused to place his hands behind his back and actively fought against doing so.
“Chris was taken to the ground and, after a struggle, was placed into handcuffs,” Gavin wrote.
The officer also recovered Durgin’s bag, which allegedly held “multiple” knives, ranging in size from 3 inches to over 12 inches. The report described the knives as a kitchen style.
After Durgin was detained and transferred to the Okanogan County Corrections Facility, Gavin wrote that the suspect “continued to threaten me.”
Judge Culp issued two anti-harassment no-contact orders forbidding Durgin to contact the two employees he allegedly threatened.
Durgin continues to be held at the Okanogan County Corrections Facility under $35,000 bail. He faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the alleged crimes.