Early morning dip results in assault charges

Two Port Orchard men arrested after allegedly assaulting homeowner with shovel

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, the homeowner’s name was mistakenly listed as being one of those charged in the incident. The corrected version is below:

PORT ORCHARD — Homeowners living on the 1900 block of Beach Drive East were awakened by raucous noise coming from their private dock on Sinclair Inlet early in the morning Aug. 17.

When they investigated, the couple discovered two men jumping into the water from their dock — and making a racket while doing so.

A Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived after receiving a call at about 1:30 a.m. from a female caller, who said a male — her husband — was being assaulted with a shovel following a verbal argument. She told the deputy that the two men on the dock began calling her names when she told them to leave. Her husband armed himself with a shovel and interceded after the verbal confrontation.

Both of the men on the dock then engaged in a physical altercation with the male homeowner, who told the deputy that he had been bitten on the finger and struck several times by the shovel, which had been taken away by one of the men. In turn, the two individuals said they were struck with the shovel by the homeowner.

Court documents described a scene in which opposing sides offered differing views of the confrontation. According to the deputy’s probable cause statement, the men were described by the homeowners as being “obviously intoxicated.”

The two men on the dock were arrested for felony assault. Michael Robert Trayler, 32, and Brandon Edward Moore, 30, both of Port Orchard, were booked into Kitsap County Jail that morning and appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court for a hearing on Aug. 19.

Trayler was charged with one count of second-degree assault and Moore with fourth-degree assault for being an accomplice to the assault.

The second-degree assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine.

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