Bremerton man arrested after allegedly threatening victims with a rock climbing axe

Police: victims were walking to their vehicle after work from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

A 47-year-old Bremerton man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly threatening to assault two victims with an axe.

According to a Bremerton Police Department certificate of probable cause, the incident occurred at the 7-Eleven at 802 6th Street where authorities were advised of a male, Christopher M. Vondran, with an axe who was attempting to assault two victims.

According to a statement of probable cause, when a BPD officer spoke with one of the victims, he told him he and his friend were walking to his car from work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The victim stated that as they were walking through the parking lot to his vehicle, Vondran drove his vehicle into the parking lot quickly and parked. Vondran then got out of his vehicle and approached one of the victim’s, shortly before a scuffle.

The other victim then stepped in to break up the scrum before Vondran allegedly said “Oh, it’s two on one. I have something for you,” and went back to his car. The two victims then tried to walk away, according to documents. Vondran then produced a rock climbing axe and held it up saying he was going to use it on the two victims if they wanted to fight.

As the two victims continued to walk away, Vondran allegedly kept following them about five feet behind swinging the axe. Once they arrived at the vehicle, Vondran told one of the victims to open the door, which he did not, according to the certificate of probable cause.

“[The victim] was in fear that Vondran was going to assault them with the axe and since it could cause injury or death, [the victim] was concerned about Vondran’s behavior,” the BPD officer wrote.

When authorities spoke with the other victim, he told an identical story, according to documents. After a BPD officer spoke with Vondran, he said he was driving into the parking lot of 7-Eleven and saw the two victims walking so he thought they were going to cross in front of him.

Vondran then stated that the two victims threw a bottle and kicked his vehicle. Once Vondran got out of his vehicle, he told police that one of the victim’s punched him in the face. When asked about the axe, Vondran said “it was two on one” so he grabbed it to “protect himself.” He also stated he had not laid hands on either of the alleged victims and he would have dropped the axe if they wanted to go “one on one.”

Vondran was arrested for assault in the second degree and was transported to Kitsap County Jail with a bail of $100,000.