BI police ram robber on 305

Read Sun reporter Josh Farley’s story below on Bainbridge police’s ramming speed response to a robbery suspect in Suquamish on Sunday.

Hunt for Robbery Suspect Closes Highway 305 Late Sunday
By Josh Farley

A police pursuit late Sunday of a 32-year-old Tacoma man wanted for robbery closed Highway 305 around 10 p.m., according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

A Bainbridge Island police officer used a maneuver, known as the Pursuit Intervention Technique, that spun the Tacoma man’s Lincoln Continental out of control on Highway 305 at its intersection with George Lane, deputies said.

The man is believed to have approached another man in the parking lot of the Safeway store on the 2800 block of Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale at about 9:10 p.m., deputies said. The Tacoma man allegedly accosted and used the threat of a baseball bat to get the other man’s wallet.

Deputies took down a description of the suspect, his car and its license plate, and broadcast it to all law enforcement agencies in the area. A Poulsbo officer saw a vehicle that matched the description and tried to stop the car on Viking Way NW.

But the man didn’t stop, deputies said, and a pursuit was on.

Following the Bainbridge officer’s efforts, the Tacoma man was arrested. He had three nephews in the car who knew of the alleged robbery, but didn’t participate in it, deputies added.

The highway was closed briefly while police investigated.

The man was booked into the Kitsap County jail on suspicion of the robbery and attempting to elude a police vehicle. Bail was set at $150,000, and the man will appear in Kitsap County Superior Court at 3 p.m.