Port Orchard Police Report

The case of the missing handgun … and sex machine

The following summaries were selected from Port Orchard Police Department reports filed by officers during the past week. The summaries were edited for brevity and clarity, and don’t represent all of the procedures enlisted by officers during the described incidents.

Nov. 26

A Port Orchard police officer was dispatched at 9:27 a.m. to an address on Lippert Avenue on a report of a man walking around with a firearm in a holster and possibly pointing it at someone at that location the previous day. A woman living at a residence there said her ex-boyfriend had been staying at her apartment since Nov. 24 and had left that morning. That’s when the woman realized a firearm she had purchased on Nov. 23 was missing and presumably stolen.

The woman said she had been dating her house guest for the past three months with the thought that she could help him overcome his addiction to heroin, Xanax and methamphetamine, but finally decided the relationship was kaput. While she hadn’t seen her ex-boyfriend use any of the drugs, the woman told the officer that she wouldn’t allow it in the house anyway in front of her three children.

That morning, the father of her son came to the apartment to drop off the boy. While at the apartment, he asked the ex-boyfriend to leave and escorted him out the back patio door. While departing, the ex reportedly became loud and began yelling at the boy’s father as he walked away. The woman, who was asked by the officer the whereabouts of the firearm, said it had been left unopened in a box on the dining room table. Asked if her ex had permission to have the gun in his possession, she said he didn’t. The officer asked her to call the store where she had purchased the weapon and obtain information about it: it was a black Ruger .38 caliber revolver and one magazine, valued at $290.

The next call was to the woman’s ex-boyfriend, who denied having the revolver in his possession. He did specify, however, that he had thrown it away in an unknown dumpster. Asked to identify which one, the man said he didn’t know. The officer then told him he would be charged with theft of a firearm. His alibi? The man said he found the gun in his duffel bag and that is why he threw it away. Asked again where he disposed it, the man disconnected the call. Another police officer then made contact with the ex-boyfriend at a family member’s house. He was asked again by the first officer to disclose where he tossed the weapon. Adding slightly more information, he said he threw it away in one of the dumpsters near the library on Sidney Avenue. Both officers checked all the dumpsters in the 700 block of Sidney without success.

When one of the officers again called the man, he curtly stated that he wanted to speak with a lawyer, then hung up. A probable cause statement was submitted and the missing firearm was entered into a law enforcement database as being stolen. The officers’ concerns were perhaps valid since the man was found to have four prior felony theft convictions, a controlled substance/possession and no prescription conviction, and two convictions of third-degree assault. The man also had accumulated several felony and misdemeanor convictions in Florida.

The officer forwarded his report to the prosecutor’s office for issuance of a warrant for theft of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Nov. 25

At 8:38 a.m., an officer was sent to a fast-food restaurant to speak with a family about a hit-and-run incident that occurred at the Bethel Avenue-Southeast Mile Hill Drive roundabout. The suspect vehicle was described as a black Dodge Durango last seen driving eastbound on Mile Hill Drive. The victimized driver told the officer he and his passengers were going through the roundabout from Mile Hill Drive to southbound Bethel. As they went around the north side of the roundabout, the suspect vehicle entered the circle from southbound Bethel without yielding the right of way and sideswiped the right side of their vehicle. The victim said he exited onto Bethel thinking the suspect would follow suit. He didn’t. The suspect continued on the roundabout heading east, where his vehicle exited onto eastbound Mile Hill Drive.

The victim turned around and attempted to catch up with the fleeing vehicle. As they approached a red light at Jackson Avenue, the driver’s wife managed to take a photo of the suspect’s vehicle and license plate before it ran a red light and fled the area heading eastbound on Mile Hill Drive. The suspect’s vehicle subsequently was identified as a black Dodge Durango with an identifiable license plate, which returned as having been a stolen vehicle reported by Seattle Police. The officer reported the at-large vehicle to CENCOM, which made an “attempt to locate” call. The Washington State Patrol and Washington State Ferries also were advised.

Damage to the victim’s car — isolated to the front ride side and rear passenger doors — was noted, but the vehicle was still driveable. The officer made a search on Mile Hill Drive to Southworth, Sedgwick to Bethel, but the at-large vehicle wasn’t located.

Nov. 21

An officer was contacted by a high school assistant principal about a student who had been using Facebook Chat’s live video function at home. Meeting with the juvenile and two administrators, the student said he had accepted a friend request from a person with a screen name of “Lyndsey Colten” and a secondary name of “Elyshabeth.” It wasn’t known if Elyshabeth is the last name or if it was part of a hyphenated name. The student said he only messaged this person online, who he believed was in Dallas. After the student left the office, he disclosed to his math teacher that his penis may have been photographed while he was urinating. The student, alongside his mother, assured school staff that he did not send any naked photos of himself as part of texts, but he did say he took the phone to the bathroom with him and thinks this online “friend” recorded him while he urinated.

According to the police report, the online acquaintance then started demanding the student wire money to her — $300 to $500 — or she would post his video on YouTube and possibly other social media sites. The officer told the student’s mother that this scheme is a known scam and possibly originates from outside the U.S. The student said he had already blocked the shady friend and his mother said the phone number would be immediately changed. No information had been given out to the suspect, the student added.

The mother was told that the report would be sent to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office detectives division. It was also recommended that the report be sent to the Center for Exploited Children in Olympia for follow-up.

Nov. 19

An officer was dispatched to a Kitsap Street address about a theft that had taken place. A man told the officer that his girlfriend from Montana had been staying with him for the past week. He said that when he got home that day, he discovered that she was gone. The man said his girlfriend had made dinner and set it out on the table — but had left with his Sybian in tow. Asked what a Sybian was, the man said it is a “sex machine.” He said he noticed that the location where he kept it now had boxes taking up the space. The man reported that the two had had an argument prior to her departure. She had mental health issues, he told the officer, and gets mad at him when he mentions that she needs to get help for her issues.

The officer was unsuccessful in contacting the girlfriend by phone. But the next day, when the man was again contacted, he told the officer he had heard from his girlfriend by telephone. It was then that he drove to Portland to recover from her his Sybian sex machine, valued at $1,200. The man said his girlfriend told him she took the machine because she thought he had gifted it to her.