Home invasion victim doused with gas, shot in face

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) A 57-year-old Elmira resident shot in the face during a home invasion was also doused with gasoline, officials in northern Idaho say.

Court documents obtained by the Bonner County Daily Bee in a story on Friday say the man sustained a superficial wound on his cheek from a bullet and the gas wasn't ignited during Monday's attack.

Three men are in custody on a variety of charges in connection with the attack.

Joseph Vencil Kluck Jr., 22, a transient from Renton, Wash., is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Bonner County Jail on $150,000 bail. A public defender has been appointed to represent him.

Joseph Eugene Cleveland, 18, of Sandpoint is charged with second-degree kidnapping, robbery and resisting arrest. Jonathan Lee Comstock, 22, of Sandpoint is also charged with robbery and resisting arrest.

Cleveland and Comstock are being held in the Bonner County Jail on $50,000 bail. Public defenders have also been appointed to represent them.

Comstock's attorney, Margaret Williams, declined to comment. A message left for Cleveland's attorney on Friday by The Associated Press wasn't returned. Kluck's attorney was out of the office on Friday.

Police say they received a report of a home invasion robbery at 5:30 a.m. Monday. The victim told police he was tied up, blindfolded, threatened with a gun and had gasoline poured on him. During the invasion, police say a chain saw, coins, keys and personal property was taken.

The man said that after the suspects left he was able to get free. He said he sat at his dining room table deciding how to get help when he felt a burning sensation on his cheek and heard glass shattering. He also said he saw a bullet hole in his cap.

Authorities say the burning sensation was from a bullet from a weapon Kluck fired from outside the home.

The three were taken into custody Tuesday at a Sandpoint residence. Police say one of the men surrendered right away but the two others had to be removed from the home following an 11-hour standoff.

The King County Sheriff's Office in Washington state says Kluck is a non-compliant registered sex offender in Washington convicted of second-degree child molestation.

In Idaho, he was sought by authorities on bench warrants for failing to pay fines in a domestic violence case in Boundary County. In Kootenai County, he was wanted for failing to appear for sentencing in an aggravated assault case.

Cleveland and Comstock have felony drug-possession cases in Bonner County and are awaiting trial.


Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee