At a county level, I’m fairly certain Kitsap hasn’t been home to two homicides in one month since November 2005.
The last three homicides — the two above plus Jeffrey McKinstry last October — were stabbing deaths.
That’s unusual in and of itself. Around the state in 2006 (the last crime statistics released by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs), gun deaths from homicides outnumbered stabbing deaths by more than 3 to 1.
In the latest alleged homicide, the location bears significance. That block of Montgomery Avenue was near the site of an alleged shooting of a Bremerton woman in October. Darrin Maiden remains in custody awaiting trial in that shooting on first-degree assault charges.
Ultimately, criminologists can attempt to predict patterns in crime based on past activity. But the recent tragedies just go to show sometimes history can’t predict how the worst violence will surface.
However, you have to feel for the residents of Montgomery, who have seen their street in the paper for the wrong reasons twice now.