A male suspect was taken into custody after illegally attempting to enter Naval Base Kitsap, crashing into a pole and engaging in a standoff with police Friday afternoon.
It appears that the vehicle driven by the suspect had been stolen earlier in the day near a Bremerton gas station. Isana Solis had just come from a doctor’s appointment and was fueling up her 2007 Ford Ranger around 11:30 a.m. at the Mobil gas station on Wheaton Way when she was approached by a man who she described as “tall and skinny and in his thirties.”
The man, Solis said, was accompanied by a young girl who Solis assumed was the man’s daughter. The man requested Solis give him and the girl a ride, which Solis declined at first. Despite being turned down, the man still opened the passenger door and entered the vehicle along with the young girl.
“The guy came around and he just got in with his daughter, I was like, ‘what are you doing?’ But since he was with his little girl, I felt bad,” Solis said.
After asking the passenger where he needed to be dropped off, the situation took a violent turn.
“He said, ‘I love you’ to the little girl and kissed her, then he shoved her to the side and pulled out his knife on me, while the little girl was screaming ‘no!’”
After attempting to stab her, Solis said she elbowed the man and then slammed on the brakes causing her and the passengers to be slammed against the vehicle’s dashboard.
“That’s when he pulled the car door open, he was shoving me out. I was reaching for my phone and he was still trying to stab me as I got out.”
Solis managed to grab ahold of her cell phone before being thrown out of the vehicle, which she used to immediately call police as the man drove away.
About an hour and a half later, Heather Nix, 31, witnessed the Ford Ranger skirt barriers at the entrance to Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor and crash into a utility pole, around 1:11 p.m.
“The truck basically drove on the embankment around the barriers and smashed right into the pole,” she said.
Video taken by Nix at the scene showed the man slowly exit the damaged vehicle and tumble to the ground, while holding a young girl. He appeared to crawl on the ground while the child stood nearby.
The man engaged in a standoff with Navy police, some of whom had weapons drawn. At one point officers returned quickly to take cover behind their vehicles, seemingly in response to something the man said.
Nix, observing the incident from her vehicle, said she was temporarily stuck between a barrier and the main gate.
“We weren’t able to go anywhere for a few minutes,” she said.
Eventually Nix was ushered out through the main gate while the standoff was still going on, she said.
A statement at 2:42 p.m. from Naval Base Kitsap read:
“This afternoon at 1:11 p.m., a male driver illegally attempted to enter NBK-Bangor and was apprehended by Navy security.
“All gates on NBK-Bangor were closed and a shelter-in place was issued. Trigger Gate has been opened and Trident Gate remains closed. Shelter-in-place is also lifted.
“The suspect is in the custody of Bremerton Police Department.”
A Navy spokesperson said the child did not appear injured at the scene but was taken to Harrison Medical Center as a precaution.
—More information will be provided as it becomes available.