A Chat Between an Officer and a Wanted Man in the BathroomJune 29th, 2009 by josh farley
Blogger’s Note: Strange conversation between police officers and the suspects they arrest isn’t really uncommon, as you well know if you read our Code 911 section. But this report, saved from our dusty archives, is one of the oddest I’ve seen.
It was early June when a Bremerton sergeant was patrolling Sixth Street near downtown Bremerton in the early morning hours. The sergeant reported that he’d seen a car driven by a man he recognized — someone he’d contacted on the beat in the past — who turned into a local convenience store.
The sergeant watched as a passenger from the man’s car walked “rapidly” into the store, and felt perhaps that passenger had reason to evade him. So the sergeant decided to go in the convenience store and found that the man had gone into the bathroom.
“I stood by for several minutes and could hear the paper towel dispenser rattling, the toilet flushing and the sink running at different times,” the sergeant wrote.
The sergeant then tried the door knob.
“Yeah, can I help you? What do you need?” the man said from the bathroom.
“I found (these) to be odd statements, as most people would respond, “Occupied” and/or “I’m in here,” the sergeant wrote in his report.
The sergeant waited a few more minutes until the man inside exited. The sergeant then asked, “Hey, what’s your name?”
The man told him. But the sergeant noted that he’d asked the driver of the man outside who he was, and had responded with a different name.
“Why would your friend give me a different name?” the sergeant asked.
And then the likely truth emerged.
“I don’t know,” the man said. “Probably because I haven’t checked in with my (Department of Corrections) officer.”
If he hadn’t checked in, that could be a violation of his release from prison, and therefore the officer asked the man if he thought he had a warrant.
“Probably,” the man replied.
The sergeant asked why the man had been in such a hurry to go in the convenience store, though his suspicions were likely confirmed by the fact a warrant could be out for the man’s arrest.
The man replied, using an expletive, that he’d needed to use the facilities. Apparently rather badly.
“I entered the bathroom and noted that I did not detect any odor associated with such (a) bodily function,” the sergeant wrote.
The sergeant searched the man, who told him: “I have dope in my pocket.” Sure enough, some meth was found.
The man was taken to the Kitsap County jail for the corrections warrant and possession of meth. Bail was set at $25,000.