Attempted murder suspect arrested

Edward Olsen
Edward Olsen

A nationwide hunt for a man on the run for over a month after he allegedly tried to murder his ex-girlfriend and her son in their Bainbridge home ended with his arrest Friday night – in Chandler, Arizona.

Edward Mark Olsen turned himself into Chandler police officers at about 8 p.m. Friday, according to a news release issued by the Bainbridge Island Police Department. The 49-year-old, a wanted parolee from California at the time of his crime for assaulting the same woman, is being held on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, attempted murder and burglary.

On Nov. 29, police say that Olsen broke into the the car and then the John Adams Lane home of his 39-year-old former girlfriend in the early morning hours while she and her 12-year-old son slept. It’s alleged that Olsen doused the two with gasoline in their bed and threatened to light it on fire.

The incident took place two weeks after another attack on the woman.

The woman and her son were able to escape the home and persuade neighbors on nearby Wyatt Way to call the police. Olsen fled as well.

Since then, Bainbridge detectives, working with the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, conducted a nationwide search for Olsen. Reports placed him in Florida, Nevada and California before Olsen called the Chandler police Friday night, according to the release. He told them that he had outstanding felony warrants and wanted to turn himself in. He was arrested without incident.
–Kitsap Sun staff

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