Two Seabeck residents are in custody following an interrupted burglary discovered Monday afternoon in Seabeck.
The burglary was discovered around 4:12 p.m. Monday when a 47-year-old Bremerton man, a prospective property owner, stopped by an address in the 10100 block of Misery Point Road NW that he intends purchase. The man noticed a silver-colored, late 90’s model Pontiac Grand Am parked on the property close to the garage. The Bremerton man then noticed an adult male, unknown to him, pushing a wheelbarrow containing obvious household property items, from the direction of the residence next door.
When the prospective homeowner grew suspicious and started taking photographs of the suspect with his cell phone camera the man with the wheelbarrow first ordered him not to take photos, then demanded that he hand over the cell phone. When the Bremerton man refused, the man with the wheelbarrow attacked.
Police say the prospective property owner was punched repeatedly as both struggled for minutes. The victim grabbed a box knife from his pocket and slashed at the suspect, lacerating the suspect’s upper left forearm. The suspect verbally threatened the victim with serious bodily assault, then picked up a large maple tree branch and began swinging the branch at the victim, striking him in the body, head, back and hand.
The Bremerton man continued to back away as the suspect continued swinging. According to police, the victim went to his truck and retrieved a handgun as the suspect reached into the Pontiac, ostensibly for a firearm. The victim threatened to shoot and the suspect fled on foot.
Sheriff’s patrol deputies arrived on scene within four minutes of the original 9-1-1 dispatch. Containment was set as a sheriff’s K-9 unit initiated a track. Sheriff’s detectives investigated the adjoining property and found the residence had sustained forced entry, with the entire house ransacked. Numerous tools, electronic items, clothing and other household items were staged for removal. The homeowner was later contacted for further follow-up.
Inside of the Pontiac Grand Am investigators observed various items that appeared to have been removed from the burglarized house next door. Also observed on the front seat of the car was a large maple tree branch. Detectives impounded the vehicle, pending a warrant to enter and search the car for stolen property and evidence. The K-9 track ended at a residential address located in the 9000 block of Priddy Vista Road NW, approximately one-half mile from the burglary location. Deputies subsequently determined that this address was the residence of the 44-year-old suspect and his 38-year-old girlfriend.
The silver 1999 Pontiac Grand Am returned as being registered to the suspect’s girlfriend. The woman filed a complaint report that her car was stolen and she didn’t know who had taken it. But police say that was a false report.
Deputies were able to determine that, while the fleeing suspect returned home after leaving the burglary location, he was not at the property or inside the house. The woman denied knowing anything about her boyfriend’s actions or whereabouts.
Around 8 p.m. a resident from Miami Beach Road NW called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious person walking up an easement road toward Priddy Vista Road. The caller believed this man to be the burglary suspect. The man was contacted by sheriff’s detectives and taken into custody. The man had altered his appearance by changing his shirt, his cap and removing gloves worn during the confrontation with the prospective homeowner, but he was identified as being the burglar.
The suspect was treated at the scene by medics from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue and then transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton for further evaluation and treatment of a laceration to his left bicep. He subsequently was booked into Kitsap County Jail on charges of second degree assault and residential burglary. His bail was set at $250,000.
The suspect’s girlfriend also was arrested and booked into jail on charges of rendering criminal assistance in the second degree and making a false statement. Her bail was set at $25,000.