Man wanted for gun assault |

Man wanted for gun assault

Brice Peeler

Local law enforcement is on the lookout for a man described as “armed and dangerous,” after he allegedly pointed a gun at a Penn Valley man’s head before fleeing the scene.

The victim, who has not been identified, told Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies that he was walking home on Black Forest Road at about 1 a.m. Wednesday when he was accosted by a man who identified himself as Brice Peeler.

Peeler allegedly walked up behind the man and asked him what he was doing in the area, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

Peeler “looked like he was tweaking, and pulled out a gun,” Royal said.

The victim tried to call 911 on his cell phone, but Peeler allegedly pointed the gun at his head and told him to leave.

“He thought he was dead,” Royal said. “He thought he was going to get shot.”

The man walked away slowly and then hid in some bushes, Royal said. He allegedly saw Peeler get into a light- or champagne-colored 1990s Volvo sedan with other occupants, which then drove away.

Peeler, 29, has a “long” history of contacts with law enforcement, Royal said.

“We’d like the community’s help in locating him,” Royal added, urging anyone with information to call 265-7880.

Peeler had been sentenced to one year and four months in prison after allegedly stabbing and robbing a 45-year-old man on May 26, 2009.

The victim told deputies he was inside a trailer in the 16000 block of Rough and Ready Highway when Peeler entered at about 2 a.m., wearing camouflage clothing and boots. Peeler allegedly ordered everyone inside to the ground, then stabbed the victim in the neck with a folding knife. He then allegedly slashed the man’s left knee before ordering him to empty his pockets, took $400 from him and left.

Peeler already had been facing prison time for a prior felony and was sentenced to a total of six years, four months.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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