Police blotter: Man goes door-to-door looking for a fight


It must be getting hard to find people willing to trade face punches these days. After trying to provoke a fight at a Winslow Way bar, a man tried his luck at the grocery store across the street and then the pizzeria down the block. His fight fantasy went unfulfilled when police handcuffed him outside the pizzeria. He vowed to fight (and sue) once he is released from jail.

Blotter’s below.

Apr. 25
Blocked: A state ferry was temporarily blocked from docking at the Winslow ferry terminal by a sailboat that had drifted across the harbor. The owner rowed out to the two-masted sailboat and moved it out of the ferry’s path shortly after 6:20 p.m. The police boat had been called to the scene but it was not involved in the sailboat’s removal.

Apr. 24
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving at the Safeway parking lot on High School Road just before 1:30 a.m. Police initially saw the suspect staggering out of the Island Grill bar toward his truck. The suspect, who had the strong odor of alcohol, was warned not to drive by an officer. Police later found the suspect passed out in his truck with the motor running. The suspect told police he had only driven to another parking stall in the parking lot. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, the suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Apr. 21
Crash: A Bainbridge male was cited for inattentive driving after he fell asleep at the wheel and struck a guard rail on Highway 305 just before 6 p.m. The driver told police he had been awake for 30 hours before “nodding off” and hitting the guard rail. He reported no injuries. His van’s passenger side was damaged.

Apr. 19
Theft: A Suquamish male was arrested for stealing a wallet and pack of cigarettes from an unlocked vehicle on Garibaldi Loop at approximately 3 p.m. The victim said the suspect had come to her house to sell magazines. After declining the suspect’s solicitations, the victim said she saw the suspect reach into her family’s vehicle and take some items. When confronted, the suspect reportedly threw the items into some bushes and began to run away. The suspect and victim were in a heated argument about the incident when police arrived at the scene. The suspect later admitted to the crime, calling it “a dumb thing to do.” He was transported to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Apr. 18
Disorderly: A Poulsbo male was arrested for disorderly conduct at the Town & Country Market on Winslow Way just before 7 p.m. A man told police he had been sitting in the market’s coffee shop when the suspect walked in and began to loudly demand service. When the man told the suspect that the coffee shop was closed, the suspect approached him in an aggressive manner and began yelling. Concerned for his daughter, the man said he stood close to the suspect and yelled back. The altercation had ended by the time police arrived, but store staff asked that the suspect be removed. The suspect yelled at an officer and demanded that the man with whom he had argued also be removed. The suspect repeatedly walked toward the store and away from it while an officer stood inside. A few minutes later, police observed the suspect yelling and challenging an employee to a fight at That’s A Some Pizza restaurant about a block east of the market. Police handcuffed the suspect and transported him to the county jail in Port Orchard. During the drive, the suspect threatened to sue and physically harm one of the arresting officers once he was released. A witness later told police that the suspect had been drinking heavily and had been challenging people to fights at the Isla Bonita bar prior to the incident at the market.

Apr. 17
De-limbed: A Bainbridge woman reported that three cherry trees at her North Town Drive home were de-limbed by a small group of juveniles during the night. Damages were estimated at $600.

De-limbed: A neighborhood group’s president reported that a community-owned cherry tree’s limbs were broken off by a group of juveniles during the night. Damage was estimated at $200.

Apr. 16
Crash: A Bainbridge man was uninjured after he stuck a stop sign and a dirt back with his SUV on Sunrise Drive just before 9:30 p.m. Police said the driver had been making a right turn on to Day Road at too high a speed. The front of his vehicle was damaged.

Apr. 15
Assault: A Bainbridge woman accused her husband of trying to harm her with his car at their Arrow Point Drive home just after 9:20 p.m. Police had been called by the woman’s adult daughter, who said she found her intoxicated mother passed out in the lawn and claiming that her husband had “pushed” her with his car. The woman made conflicting statements about both being and not being hit by the car. She appeared to be uninjured. Due to a lack of evidence, police opted to make no arrests. They informed the woman of domestic violence services and allowed the man to leave the home.

Bad checks: A Poulsbo man was arrested for writing five bad checks at a High School Road store over the past month. The suspect had been detained at the store. He told police that he was writing checks for a closed account because he has no money and is homeless. Noticing red marks on the suspect’s arm, an officer asked him how long he’d been using heroin. The suspect answered that he’d been using heroin for two weeks, and admitted he’d been writing bad checks to buy drugs. An investigation determined that the suspect had written almost $615 worth of bad checks at three local businesses.

April 12
Theft: A Utah resident reported that a digital camera, an MP3 player and $85 in cash were stolen during a move from Bainbridge in July. The victim said she delayed reporting the incident because she was “so shocked by the crime” and because a reporting deadline for her insurance company was nearing. The victim suspects that hired movers took the items, which were valued at almost $280.

Cut: Bainbridge Aquatics Center staff reported that two padlocks on a fence had been cut. Nothing else appeared damaged, and no stolen items were reported. Losses were estimated at $20.

April 9
Slashed: A Bainbridge woman reported that two of her car’s tires had been punctured. Her car had been parked outside her High School Road apartment. She suspects a neighbor may have slashed the tires. Damages were estimated at $350.