Bremerton man hit with felony charges after alleged pipe attack

Police say the alleged assault occurred the night of Valentine’s Day.

BREMERTON – An apparent jealous reaction led a 22-year-old Bremerton man to attack an ex-girlfriend’s male friend with a metal pipe, police said in a court filing Tuesday.

Austin M. Dinsmore is facing felony burglary and assault charges after an incident around 3:25 a.m. the night of Valentine’s Day, when police say he entered the alleged victim’s house “unannounced and uninvited” and smacked him in the arm with a steel pole. The victim had been hanging out with the suspect’s ex-girlfriend at a Bremerton bar, police said.

Police say Mr. Dinsmore fled the house and allegedly “smashed out the two driver’s side windows of [the ex-girlfriend’s] car and flattened the left rear tire before leaving,” an officer wrote in the filing.

He faces a malicious mischief charge, a gross misdemeanor, for the alleged outburst against the vehicle.

Dinsmore was arrested Friday and was being held in jail in Kitsap County on $105,000 bail. He faces charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and the malicious mischief count, per the criminal complaint.