Port Orchard Police Report

A child left alone and presents hidden for the holidays

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.

Dec. 2

Police officers responded at 10:20 p.m. to an interrupted burglary at a residence on Bay Street. The caller told a dispatcher that he had chased a person who had been in his apartment outside and up to Prospect Alley.

The suspect was described as a white female with long blonde hair, about 5-5 and thin, who was wearing a black hoodie. At the end of the chase, the female jumped into the driver’s seat of a waiting black SUV. The caller was able to provide police with the vehicle’s license plate identification. She was later seen getting out of the SUV and running to the back side of the apartment building. CENCOM ran the license plate number but didn’t find a record from Washington state. The vehicle, however, was found to be registered to Texas and was listed as a black 2007 Toyota 4-Runner.

Several law-enforcement units converged on the area, including a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who advised that the SUV had just passed by him westbound on Bay Street heading toward Gorst. The deputy was able to stop the SUV and contacted the occupants.

Meanwhile, the caller was interviewed by police at his apartment, where he stated he had returned home from work to find the doorknob unlocked, but the deadbolt secured. The man told officers he was certain both were locked when he went to work. After taking a few steps inside his apartment, he realized the stereo and Xbox One unit were not where they should have been. A red suitcase that had been on the shelf in the closet was on the bed and a black duffel bag that should have been inside the suitcase was on the floor, next to the couch.

He said he heard a noise behind him and turned to catch a glimpse of someone bolting from behind the door to the hallway. Before she took off, the man said he surmised she was in her mid-20s to early 30s, with hair past her shoulders.

While chasing her as she stepped into the SUV, the man said he stood in front of the vehicle to keep it from leaving while he called 911. The woman hurriedly told the man that she was picking up some things that belonged to the girl that lived there. Which didn’t make sense, since he lives alone in the apartment. He told the woman she could tell her story to police and they could sort it out.

When he eventually returned to his place, he found his stereo and Xbox packed into the black duffel bag alongside his marijuana pipe. A mirror and an unopened “Despicable Me” dining set had been taken down from the closet shelf. Nothing, however, appeared to be missing, he said.

The man said he didn’t know the woman and had no idea how she could have obtained a key to his apartment. There were no signs of a forced entry and no tool marks to indicate any doors or windows had been tampered with. A concurrent traffic stop on the SUV generated a possible suspect name and date of birth. She was identified as being 33 years old.

Nov. 28

At 5:38 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the parking lot of a Bethel Avenue department store. A caller had seen a young child left unattended in a vehicle. Port Orchard police units arrived and located the vehicle near the south side of the parking lot, west of the grocery entrance. It was a white Hyundai Elantra — the engine wasn’t running — with a small male child approximately 3 years old inside. He was wearing pajamas and standing between the two front seats crying and looking around. The officer noticed the driver-side window was rolled down a couple of inches and the vehicle doors appeared to be locked, with no parent or guardian anywhere near the vehicle.

The weather that evening was cold and rainy, with an outside temperature of 46 degrees at 6 p.m. The child was crying and searching as if he were lost, scared and looking for someone, the officer wrote in the report. (The child told the officer he wanted to stay inside the car). The child was wearing just a zip-up pajama outfit in weather that normally requires multiple layers to stay warm. After being on the scene for some time, the officer observed a female walk up to the vehicle, who said the child, 3, belonged to her.

Read her Miranda rights, the woman informed the officer that she had left her child unattended in the vehicle because he was sleeping. Usually, after being awakened, she said, the boy would cry and become a distraction in stores. The woman said she had been in the store for approximately 30 minutes. The young child is normally left with her sister, but on that day he had stayed with her because she did not go to work. When the officer told her it was a criminal offense to leave a child that young in a car alone, she seemed surprised.

The mother was issued a criminal citation for leaving a child unattended and was given a court date to discuss the matter with a judge. On Dec. 2, officers went to the woman’s last known address to attempt to get additional information about the child and also to inform her of a revised court date. Instead, an unknown woman answered the door and told officers that she had recently moved into the apartment and that the woman doesn’t live there anymore.

Nov. 27

Port Orchard police units responded to a Bay Street coffee shop in an attempt to contact a possible subject with a warrant. The person who called 911 said she had been speaking with a male in the shop, who stated he had warrants for theft and assault. Officers located a male matching the description in the back area of the second floor. When the suspect spotted police officers, his greeting was hardly welcoming: he mouthed “f—k this s—t” and began looking around for an exit.

When officers contacted him, he answered to his name and said, “What the f—k do you want?” Swaying back and forth as he glanced at the officers, the man kept balling his fists and placing them in his pockets. At that point, an officer took hold of the man’s right arm and instructed him to place his hands behind his back. He began to tense up and started to pull away. Given the nature of the police call and his reported assault warrant, the officer took him to the ground so he could gain control of him. As he resisted, the officer told the man to stop and follow directions. Instead, the man simply stated “F—k you” and continued to resist. After an extended struggle, the officer was able to gain control of the man’s left arm and placed him in handcuffs.

When the suspect was placed in the patrol car, the 5-4, 130-pound man continued to battle above his weight class by banging his head and feet against the patrol vehicle’s partition. The 22-year-old man was found to have a Department of Corrections warrant, including three warrants from the Bremerton Police Department. He’s had a long history of fighting with officers or fleeing the scene. The man was taken to Kitsap County Jail and booked for the warrant and other outstanding charges.

Nov. 21

A woman in her 50s tried to get a head start on her holiday shopping at a Bethel Avenue department store. She was observed by the store’s loss prevention officer taking merchandise off the shelf and concealing it in reusable shopping bags.

The security officer said the wheelchair-bound woman rolled past all open registers without making any attempt to pay before exiting the store. She was stopped by store security. Read her Miranda rights by the police officer, the woman said she had just forgotten to pay for the items. Which was a bit hard to fathom, since she had four shopping bags full of food items, health and beauty goods, clothing and several other odds and ends stashed away. Once the bags were filled, she had been seen hanging them on the back of her wheelchair, then covering them with her jacket before exiting the store.

Her early shopping foray had totaled $419.10 in merch, well beyond the $180 in cash she told the officer she had on hand to pay for it. The woman said she didn’t have any idea the total would come to so much. The officer issued the wayward holiday shopper a criminal citation for third-degree theft and gifted her a court date in front of a judge.

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