Man stabbed in bloody homicide on Easter Sunday

A Bremerton man is dead and a suspect in custody in an alleged stabbing homicide on Easter Sunday.

Emanuel Calderon, 35, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Kitsap County Superior Court April 1. Bail was set at $1 million, prosecutors calling the suspect an extreme risk to the public given the relentless details of the crime outlined in court documents.

The suspect’s public defense counsel waived his argument, simply noting Calderon was unemployed and unhoused.

Bremerton police were dispatched to the 800 block of 6th Street at 9:12 a.m. March 31 where they discovered the victim lying in the parking lot of 7-Eleven. The man, identified in court documents as Phillip Graff, was confirmed dead at the scene by responding aid, probable cause documents noting a trail of blood that had led to the victim’s collapse and multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and back.

One witness, a security guard at the nearby Salvation Army, was making his rounds and saw Calderon and a woman yelling at each other. The victim exited a truck, which the woman got into, and was standing on the opposite side of the 6th and Park Avenue intersection.

Calderon then allegedly charged the victim, throwing “haymakers,” another witness said. The security guard believes he saw 10-11 stabs inflicted as the victim tried to run away before collapsing on the ground. The suspect, hearing the yells of the security guard, fled the scene.

Law enforcement promptly found and arrested the suspect, who was transported to St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale for treatment, police noting lacerations on his hands. Security footage from a nearby church was used to further identify the suspect as the alleged aggressor despite initial claims of self-defense from Calderon.