Homeless man arrested for attempted robbery with box cutter

Victim told police that suspect pulled box cutter on him and demanded money

A homeless man was arrested Sept. 24 after he allegedly attempted to rob a man with a box cutter outside a convenience store in Bremerton.

According to the incident report, John Sablan had pulled a box cutter on the victim and demanded some money outside of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1107 Callow Ave. The victim told police that he was approached by Sablan, who was on a bike before asking him for money and pulled out the box cutter. The victim also told police that he saw the blade of the knife.

“It’s not normal for someone to do that,” the victim told police.

According to Sablan, he asked the man for money and was trying to sell the box cutter to him, documents read. Sablan also allegedly told police that he was asking for gas money for his bicycle, which did not have a motor on it.

“Sablan did tell me he was hungry, homeless and had not been checking in with KMH (Kitsap Mental Health) lately, so he thought he would try and get some money to get some food and feel better,” the incident report stated.

Before placing the box cutter into evidence, police noticed there was a hook blade on the end of the razor, documents read. Sablan was transported to Kitsap County Jail for second-degree attempted robbery.