Couple charged with harboring runaway
July 3, 2008 · Updated 12:54 PM
"An Oak Harbor couple who police say harbored a runaway girl they previously had been accused of abusing are facing charges for custodial interference, while the man has also been charged with pulling a gun on police.Ted Lynn Brower, 65, was charged with first-degree custodial interference and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon in Island County Superior Court Sept. 8. His wife, 51-year-old Carol Brower, was also charged with custodial interference.According to the offense report written by Oak Harbor Detective Teri Gardner, an Oak Harbor man reported March 23 that his 16-year-old foster daughter had run away.In investigating the case, Gardner received numerous report from different people that the runaway girl was staying with the Browers, who are her aunt and uncle.The girl and her older sister used to live with the Browers, Gardner wrote, but were taken away by Child Protective Services after there were allegations of child molestation against Ted Brower.Ted Brower was charged with child molestation in an 1995 case, but ended up pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault.In the 1995 investigation, Gardner wrote that the girl told police that Ted Brower was a witch and could put spells on people. After his arrest, the police found witchcraft books and a gynecological table in the Browers' home, she wrote.In the recent case, Gardner wrote that she confronted the Browers on March 29 about whether they had been harboring the girl. She said the couple became very hostile and said they didn't know where the girl was.Then on April 12, Gardner spoke to the girl, who said she had been staying with the Browers after she ran away and until they drove her to her grandmother's home in Everett weeks later.Based on this, Gardner went to the Brower's home with two police officers to arrest the couple. But since the police could not arrest them unless they went outside their apartment, one of the officers put on a civilian coat and knocked on the door to try to lure the Browers out of the apartment. After Carol Brower answered the door, Gardner told her she was under arrest. Carol Brower, however, tried to go back inside, resisted arrest and screamed for her husband. Another officer went into the apartment to find Ted Brower. The officer was confronted by Ted Brower, who pointed a semi automatic pistol at him. The officer grabbed the gun, but Brower refused to drop it. The officer got it away after a brief struggle.If convicted of custodial interference, Ted or Carol Brower could face up to a year in jail. "