Vacationer largely acquitted in Memorial Day ruckus

This vacation home became the scene of conflict and threats among vacation renters in May 2019.

WENATCHEE — A Chelan County jury acquitted a King County man last week of stealing a gun and threatening his fellow vacationers at a rental house near Leavenworth.

The jury on Thursday judged Andrew Mark Rybak, 32, not guilty of firearm theft and harassment, but convicted him on a charge of bail jumping for missing a Nov. 4 court date. That lone conviction could carry a one to three-month jail sentence.

Rybak, of Pacific, was one of 10 people who rented a Coles Corner house last Memorial Day weekend. On May 26, his fellow renters accused him of stealing one of their handguns and threatening to burn the house down.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said Rybak took and disassembled a 9mm pistol that one renter had left on the kitchen island while hot-tubbing. The pistol later turned up under a couch cushion with a key part removed.

When accused by the others, Rybak argued and allegedly made threats to burn down the house and damage his fellow renters’ vehicles, and was accused of drawing a knife and pointing it at one woman in the group. The woman then pulled her own pistol and aimed it at him in self-defense.

Other renters called police about 4 a.m., and deputies arrested Rybak in a traffic stop as he left the area.

Rybak testified in his own defense at the trial, which lasted two days after the 12-member jury was selected. His attorney, Daniel Plantz, said he’ll ask Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan to set aside the bail jumping conviction at a Dec. 19 hearing.