Paragraphs two & three read: "Juneau resident Zachary Moeser's actions on Oct. 26, when he allegedly placed multiple victims in fear of their lives at Foreign Auto on Mendenhall Mall Road, was completely out of character, according to family and some of the victims at Thursday morning's bail hearing."
" 'I have no idea what Mr. Moeser was upset about,' one victim said outside Juneau Superior Court. 'I thought we were friends.' "
By Klas Stolpe | JUNEAU EMPIRE
A man arrested for threatening behavior at a local business is required to have a mental health evaluation at Lemon Creek Correctional Center as a condition of his release.
Juneau resident Zachary Moeser's actions on Oct. 26, when he allegedly placed multiple victims in fear of their lives at Foreign Auto on Mendenhall Mall Road, was completely out of character, according to family and some of the victims at Thursday morning's bail hearing.
"I have no idea what Mr. Moeser was upset about," one victim said outside Juneau Superior Court. "I thought we were friends."
Moeser's attorney Kirsten Swanson was seeking her client's release as he awaits a hearing later this month on seven counts of third-degree assault, all Class 'C' felonies. The counts allege Moeser brandished a gun while confronting employees and customers at Foreign Auto, then tried to strike onlookers with his truck as he left the scene. Moeser was arrested without incident shortly after and Juneau Police Department officers found a handgun in his truck.
Moeser's wife Tina and cousin Shane Lance testified in front of Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins, District Attorney Doug Gardner, and Swanson as part of being considered as third-party custodians for Zachary.
Swanson told Collins Zachary takes various medications for heart and depression issues and needs to see his private physician.
Gardner said he needed to understand more about Zachary and asked Tina if she agreed her husband's actions were serious events. Gardner also acknowledged the Moeser family could lose their auto business as a result of incarceration.
"It is not like my husband," Tina said. "I am not a doctor, but when I left for work he was in bed and seemed fine."
She said they had changed medications in October because Zachary was having harsh stomach reactions.
Tina said a family physician diagnosed Zachary as mildly depressed in 2007 and he has recently been severely depressed and has been fighting the affects of a car accident from his past.
Lance, a former Gastineau Human Services employee is also included in the third-party custodianship. Lance works with Moeser in his auto shop.
Collins asked Lance if he would recognize any mental difficulties from Moeser.
"Yes, definitely," Lance said. "Normally he is very stable and quite nice to be around."
In his closing statements, Gardner said both Moeser's wife and cousin care about Moeser and will not risk their careers or assets by being less diligent as custodians. Gardner also said the defendant went to the location with a pistol in his pocket to confront an individual and he could have walked out, the door was there, but he turned and took the gun out of his pocket.
Gardner asked for a $10,000 cash performance bond and the titles of three vintage vehicles the Moeser's have restored to be kept with the court through the proceedings.
One of the victims of the alleged assault opposed bail, telling the court saying, "I think bail is not fine. He gave up his right when he decided to use a gun and his truck. His medication issue is not my problem, he made it my problem. I don't think his wife has the ability to keep a leash on him, his cousin might, I don't know. I would rather see his father involved."
The victim then told Zachary to "take your meds."
The owner of Foreign Auto spoke by phone saying, "I am understanding more and more about Zachary Moeser. Personally I wish he get well, it looks like we are dealing with an ill person."
That alleged victim said he was extremely worried if he were to meet Moeser at a local Fred Meyer's or another store.
Collins ruled the allegations were extremely serious and she understood the concerns of all involved. Collins granted a release if Moeser receives a mental health evaluation at LCCC.
Collins said his release would involve Moeser's wife and cousin taking responsibility over him as custodians, a $10,000 cash performance bond along with titles to two Chevy trucks and one El Camino, and a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. She also ordered Moeser to have no contact with the alleged victims.
Collins also allowed to drive a vehicle in the one-block area of his work premises only and as part of his duties as a mechanic on site.
• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.