BI suspect arrested in home robbery involving guns, masks

A woman told Bainbridge Island police that three men in dark clothing and masks entered her unlocked home, pointed guns at her, demanded to know where her cash was, and threatened to kill her and her son.

The suspects stole about $3,200, along with some Japanese yen, including a $10,000 note. They also stole her purse and phone, which were later found near the intersection of Miller and NE Tolo roads.

That was on Dec. 13 of last year.

One of the suspects, a 21-year-old BI man, was finally arrested March 5. He was in Kitsap County Superior Court March 6 charged with first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon and taking a motor vehicle in the second degree.

Bail was $310,000. He faces life in prison plus five years and $60,000 in fines.

Court papers show BI police responded Dec. 13, 2023 to the 6100 block of Lynwood Center Road NE at around 11:30 a.m.

Police later found out that about a half hour before the robbery, a bystander took images of something suspicious. The bystander at a BI Thai restaurant emailed images to BIPD of two people removing stickers and the front license plate from a car.

On Dec. 19 around 3:20 a.m. police found the suspect vehicle that was in the images at Battle Point Park. Near it was paperwork on the ground that apparently belonged to a stolen car. While talking to a suspect the officer saw hallucinogenic mushrooms in a clear bag. Later more bags of mushrooms were found in a backpack, along with two bills of Japanese yen, one a $10,000 note.

The officer learned of a similar robbery in Suquamish Dec. 8.

On March 5, 2024 at around 1:45 p.m. the suspect was arrested at his home.