Man who allegedly broke into Brinnon homes with rifle to be in court

Coccia, 44, arrested by Mason County sheriff’s deputies

PORT TOWNSEND — A Brinnon man who allegedly broke into two homes while carrying a rifle will be in Jefferson County Superior Court on Friday after Mason County sheriff’s deputies arrested him.

Jonathan M. Coccia, 44, was booked into the Jefferson County jail on Sunday for investigation of felony harassment, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree burglary, third-degree theft and third-degree driving while license suspended. He was being held without bail pending his court appearance.

First-degree burglary is a Class A felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or a $50,000 fine.

First-degree unlawful possession of a firearm is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine, plus restitution, assessments and court costs.

Felony harassment is a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine plus restitution, assessments and court costs.

Third-degree theft is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Third-degree driving while license suspended is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Coccia is accused of forcing his way into a residence in the Lazy C area of Brinnon on Saturday, armed with a rifle and threatening to kill people, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office press release. He left the residence and tried to flee, but a car wouldn’t start. Then he entered another residence, still armed, the sheriff’s office said.

After attempts to reach Coccia by bullhorn and telephone were unsuccessful, deputies entered the residence to find Coccia gone, having left behind a rifle. The residence’s two occupants exited safely, the sheriff’s office said.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached by email at brian.gawley@peninsulanews.us.

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