Parking lot argument prompts man to draw steel

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 9:42am
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A 21-year-old Bremerton man faces two charges and remains in custody after he produced a samurai sword during a broad-daylight argument in the parking lot of Home Depot in Poulsbo.

According to charging documents, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 around 9:10 a.m. Elijah A. Haynes “brandished a samurai sword at [a] man he was having an argument with.”

The victim told officers, “that he thought for sure [Haynes] was going to swing the blade down onto him from only a few feet in front of him,” documents say. Haynes was eventually scared off by a witness who yelled at him. As Haynes fled the scene, he left behind paperwork which bore his name.

The victim and two bank employees who witnessed the incident, identified Haynes from a series of photos. Haynes admitted to arguing in the parking lot with the victim but denied brandishing the weapon, despite officers recovering a sword which matched the victim’s description, from Haynes’ vehicle.

Haynes was charged with assault in the second degree and violating a protection order — after he admitted to helping the petitioner of a prior protection order move their vehicle in the parking lot. Haynes was arraigned on Wednesday and remains in custody.

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