Police blotter: Ride-by punch


This week, a bicyclist doesn’t bother to put on the brakes to punch an unsuspecting pedestrian.

Also this week, dog attacks wound two women, and over $14,000 worth of jewelry and other items are stolen from a Bainbridge home.

Blotter’s below.

Oct. 10
Bit: A Bainbridge woman reported that her terrier mix dog was attacked by pit bull while walking through Fort Ward State Park shortly after 10 a.m. She told police the pit bull, which was not on a leash, caused cuts and other injuries to her dog. The pit bull’s owner tried unsuccessfully to separate the dogs. The woman grabbed her dog but was bitten on a hand by it. After the pit bull let her dog loose, the woman asked for the pit bull owner’s name and other information. He refused to provide information to her. A teenager who saw the commotion drove the woman and her dog home. The teenager reported seeing the pit bull owner in a red Toyota station wagon, and also noted its license plate number. He was described as having olive complexion and in his mid-50s. The woman had her dog treated by an emergency vet in Poulsbo and had her hand treated at a nearby hospital.

Shot: A Bainbridge man reported that two inoperative trucks on his Beachcrest Drive property were shot and damaged sometime during the night. Police found that a BB gun was used to damage windshields and other parts of the trucks. Damage was estimated at $350.

Oct. 9
Slid: A Bainbridge male suffered abrasions on a leg after his motorcycle tipped and slid six feet on Sportsman Club Road just before 9:45 p.m. Police believe the wet roadway contributed to the accident.

Oct. 8
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving on Fletcher Bay Road just before 11:30 p.m. Police were notified about the suspect by the staff of a casino. The staff told police the suspect had just left in a BMW car and appeared intoxicated. Police located the suspect driving south on Miller Road. Police pulled the suspect over for traveling 10 mph over the 30 mph speed limit. The suspect denied drinking alcohol despite having the strong odor of it, an officer said. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, the suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Bit: A Bainbridge woman was bitten and cut on her leg by two dogs on Grand Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. The dogs, a Shih Tzu and a lab mix, had escaped from a house. They bit the victim’s leg and dragged her down, resulting in deep bite marks and a cut on her leg. Medics were called to treat the wounds. A report was sent to animal control.

Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving and possession of drug paraphernalia on Sportsman Club Road just before 1:15 a.m. An officer was driving behind the suspect when the suspect made a turn without signaling. The officer noticed the odor of alcohol and marijuana coming from the suspect’s car once it was pulled over. The suspect admitted he’d been drinking at the 122 Winslow bar. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, the suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard. Police found an open container of an alcoholic energy drink and a 4.6 gram baggie of marijuana during a search of the suspect’s car.

Oct. 5
Burglary: A Bainbridge woman reported that jewelry and a camera were stolen from her home. Police redacted the home’s location. The stolen items were valued at almost $15,000. The victim said a door is left unlocked to allow landscapers access to a bathroom. The victim noted that her housekeeper is an unlikely suspect because nothing has gone missing in the 10 years she has worked there.

Oct. 4
Theft: A bicycle valued at $200 was stolen from a Cherry Avenue property sometime during the night.

Theft: A metal garden cart valued at $250 was stolen from a Bjune Drive property sometime during the night.

Theft: A Honda lawn mower was stolen from an unsecured shed on Country Club Road.

Assault: A Bainbridge male was punched on his shoulder by an unknown person riding a bicycle on Manitou Beach Drive just after 2:15 p.m. The victim said he and his wife had been walking along the road when the suspect approached on a blue 10-speed bicycle. The suspect did not stop before he punched the victim. The victim said he was “in shock” about the incident. The victim described the suspect as white with black hair and appeared to be in his mid-30s. He was wearing a purple shirt, black backpack and a white helmet. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

3 thoughts on “Police blotter: Ride-by punch

  1. “A Bainbridge male was punched on his shoulder by an unknown person riding a bicycle on Manitou Beach Drive…”

    We have a (small?) group of sociopathic cyclists these days who seem to think that they own the road. Apparently, the vehicle code and common decency don’t apply to them. This makes it hard for those of us who do respect the roles. I hope the BIPD catches this thug and wish that all PD’s would start enforcing the vehicle code. If they give me a ticket, I will probably deserve it.

  2. Bicyclists should be required to have a vehicle license to be on the road! I have had many near-misses with cyclists who insist that they don’t have to stop at stop signs because it ruins their momentum. Well, I think the grill of my truck would do that, too, and if I stop and wait for my turn you should, too!

    Licensing bicycles would accomplish two things: they could be held accountable for their actions because we could report their license plates, and the funds from the licensing fees could pay (at least in part) for construction and maintenance of bike lanes.

    Come on, Bainbridge, let’s lead the way… license bicycles!

  3. While we’re doling out licenses, how about an extra fee for trucks, which guzzle more gas and rip-up our roads. Surely we can all agree that monstrous gas-hogging vehicles should pay their fare share for the disproportionate wear and tear they cause on our infrastructure ….

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