Three unusual separate cases of two men bashing in windows at multiple businesses and two men fighting with officers trying to arrest them hit the Bremerton area over the weekend.
Bail was set at $625,000 for a 35-year-old man who used axes to randomly smash windows at seven Bremerton businesses.
He was in Kitsap County Superior Court Aug. 7 charged with two counts of first-degree malicious mischief and one count of second-degree burglary. He faces 30 years in prison and $60,000 in fines.
Bremerton police say just after midnight Aug. 6 a call to 911 said someone was smashing windows on Wheaton Way. Damage was done to windows at Wilco, Mums Teriyaki, SS BJ Academy, Beaches, Aarons Furniture, AT&T and to some cars at a dealership. The suspect also entered AT&T and damaged products.
Police stopped him and found knives, two axes, a pistol ammunition bag and a meth pipe. The suspect denied the charges but was informed a bystander had taken cell phone video of one of the incidents.
In another case, a 27-year-old Bremerton man is suspected of breaking out windows in seven vehicles and causing $70,000 in damage at a dozen other businesses.
That man fought with two officers for over two minutes before he could be detained. The suspect grabbed for one officer’s taser, at which point the officer pinned the right half of the suspect’s face directly on the pavement “in hopes of pain compliance and ceasing any further attempts to grab at my duty belt.”
A claw hammer was recovered from the suspect at arrest.
Bremerton police probable cause papers say they responded to the West Hills Auto Plex in West Bremerton. A hammer was used to smash out car windows. The damage to the glass and bodies of the seven vehicles was estimated at $35,000.
The man is also suspected of causing up to $70,000 in damage at a dozen other businesses and property, caught on surveillance video at one of the storefronts.
He also was in Superior Court Aug. 7, charged with malicious mischief in the first degree and resisting arrest. He faces 10 years and 90 days in prison and $21,000 in fines.
In yet another case, a 32-year-old Belfair man struggled with officers for about eight minutes before being handcuffed Aug. 4.
He was charged Aug. 7 in Superior Court with unlawful possession of a firearm and intent to deliver meth. Bail was set at $50,000. He faces 20 years in prison and from $21,000 to $50,000 in fines, depending on the amount of drugs.
Kitsap sheriff’s probable cause papers say a deputy noticed a motorcycle with no plates and suspected it might be stolen. The suspect tried to flee and was detained by officers. He was told to stop resisting and fighting, but the altercation continued. He scratched and kicked officers before being detained in handcuffs.
A pistol was located in his rear holster, and another pistol was found in his backpack, along with “pure fentanyl,” the suspect said.
Finally, a 44-year-old Poulsbo man was in Superior Court Aug. 7 after his vehicle rolled several times, ejecting a passenger who suffered “severe bodily injuries.”
Bail was set at $175,000. He was charged with vehicular assault while driving under the influence. He faces 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
On Aug. 5 he was driving on Port Gamble Road near Gunderson Road at about 5:55 p.m. when he tried to pass another vehicle, Kitsap County probable cause papers say. He lost control, hit a culvert, and the vehicle rolled several times. His passenger was ejected. The passenger was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He is in stable condition with numerous fractures and lacerations.
The driver was taken by ambulance to St. Michael’s Medical Center in Silverdale. He denied alcohol consumption but smelled otherwise. Court papers say he said they were “just having fun,” and he knew he was going 55 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.