A breakdown in landlord/tenant relations

A 45-year-old Bremerton man was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault for jumping onto the bed in which his tenants were sleeping, brandishing a large knife and demanding they pay rent immediately.

When police arrived at the house on Tuesday they found the suspect apparently taken aback that the tenants had called the police.

The suspect “seemed surprised to see us as he was eating his breakfast from a bowl,” the officer wrote.

The victims said they were lying in bed in the basement they rent for $450 a month and woke up to the suspect standing over them with the knife, pointing the blade at their heads and “screaming that he wanted the rent paid now,” the report said.

One victim said he had paid $49 toward the rent the day before.

The suspect then folded the knife and went upstairs.

When questioned by police, the suspect said, “all he did was ask them to leave, and to get out of his house.” He refused to say if he had gone downstairs that morning.

Police inspected a knife the suspect had on him and reported it had a four-inch blade. He was lodged in the Kitsap County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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