Bail $1.25 million for man accused of holding gun to woman’s head

A woman escaped from a Bremerton man who held a gun to her head Dec. 16 in a store parking lot in Silverdale, court records say.

The 42-year-old man was held in Kitsap County Jail after being charged in Superior Court Dec. 19 with two counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $1.25 million. If convicted, he faces 20 years in prison and a $20 fine on each count.

The crime occurred at about 5:24 p.m. in the 3200 block of NW Randall Way. Three people were in a car driving when the man told one woman he wanted to meet her kids. She said she doesn’t like them to meet new people, as they only had known each other for about four weeks.

They pulled into the parking lot, and the man ordered the other passenger to leave.

“If you don’t do what I tell you to do I will shoot her,” the man said as he grabbed the other woman and held the gun to her head.

As one deputy told shoppers to leave the area, a sergeant approached the gunman in the vehicle as a perimeter was set up.

The woman was able to escape from the vehicle as deputies closed in. The suspect’s 40-caliber firearm was taken, and he was handcuffed. Nothing was in the chamber but there was a full round magazine attached.

Both women told deputies they feared for their lives.