Notorious Pickup Artist Who Shot Woman In Face Cops Plea To Felony Weapons Charge
A notorious pickup artist featured in the best seller “The Game” today pleaded guilty to a felony weapons charge, but dodged a more serious attempted murder count due to concerns about the credibility of a female victim who was shot in the face during a New Year’s Eve party.
Allen Reyes, 32, copped to unlawful use of a weapon during a Circuit Court hearing in Klamath County, Oregon. Reyes, who has been in custody since his January 1 arrest, was sentenced by Judge Dan Bunch to time served and was released today from the county jail.
Reyes, known as “Gunwitch,” shot Amber Tripp, 21, in the face during an alcohol-fueled party at a Klamath Falls apartment. Pictured above, Reyes was charged with attempted murder, felony assault, and unlawful use of a weapon, and jailed in lieu of $750,000.
A probable cause affidavit filed by the Klamath Falls Police Department reported that Reyes, “admitted to shooting Amber Tripp with a .357 revolver.” Tripp, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the face, was treated at an area hospital and later released.
But faced with contradictory accounts of what transpired between Reyes and Tripp, prosecutors opted to allow Reyes to plead to a single felony count. Witnesses told investigators that Reyes shot Tripp after she threatened him with a knife. While Tripp denied wielding a knife, prosecutors were concerned that her criminal history, among other factors, made her a compromised witness.
In “The Game,” author Neil Strauss’s 2005 examination of pickup artists and their various techniques, students of the “Gunwitch Method” are taught to “project animalistic sexuality and escalate physical contact until the woman stops them.” Gunwitch’s motto, Strauss noted, is “Make the ho say no.”
Until his arrest, Reyes operated a web site, wayofgun.com, offering for sale audio tutorials on how to seduce women. He also appeared--apparently intoxicated--in a YouTube video showing off his guns and bragging about his pistolero skills.