Police blotter: Monkey implicated in car crash


Police say a monkey in red shorts may have played a part in a rollover car crash.

Also this week, a mentally disturbed man made death threats and tried to bash through his mother’s locked bedroom door.

Blotter’s below…

June 11
Threat: An intoxicated and mentally disturbed Bainbridge man was arrested for making death threats while breaking several items in his Bligh Court home. The 32-year-old suspect’s mother locked herself in a bedroom to call 911 shortly after 9:15 p.m. She told police the suspect was throwing things at her door and that he wanted to kill his father, who was not at home at the time. The suspect, she said, suffered from “mental issues.” Police reported that a kitchen oven, picture frame and a cordless phone were damaged, and that a wine bottle was used to put three holes in a door. Police also noted that blood was on the door but that no one at the house had serious injuries. The suspect was found hiding in the backyard about 30 minutes after police arrived. Police found an unsecured rifle in the house, but there were no signs the suspect intended to use it. The suspect was booked at the county jail in Port Orchard on $20,000 bail.

June 8
Crash: A monkey is believed to have contributed to a vehicle crash on Blakely Avenue. A 22-year-old Bainbridge man told police he swerved his Honda van to avoid hitting a deer. The van struck a tree and then rolled onto its side, causing front-end, side and roof damage. The driver was not injured. Police learned that a “live, unrestrained monkey” wearing red shorts was in the van with the driver. Police believe the monkey distracted the driver, contributing to the crash.

Burglary: Medications were taken from an unlocked Knechtel Way home while the resident was out of town. A relative had entered the home but forgot to lock the door. No other items were reported missing.

Theft: Plants valued at $150 were stolen from outside an Ericksen Avenue building sometime during the night.

June 7
Hallucinating: An 18-year-old Bainbridge man was found lying on the side of Lovell Avenue just before 12:45 a.m. Police had difficulty getting the man to sit up and speak. He said he had consumed a large quantity of psilocybin mushrooms while in Seattle. An aid unit said the man suffered from hallucinations and nausea. He was released to his parents.

Theft: A laptop, laptop case and laser pointer were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked overnight on Bayhill Road. Losses were estimated at $2,000. Three other unlocked vehicles at nearby addresses were rifled through but no items were taken.

Theft: A video game console, five games and a controller were stolen from a locked vehicle while it was parked during the day at Bainbridge High School. A window was open, allowing access to the items. The items were valued at just under $1,000.

Burglary: A camera, camera lenses, two laptops and 150 CDs were stolen from a Sunrise Drive home while its residents were on vacation. There were no signs of forced entry.

Broken: A vehicle’s window was broken while it was parked overnight on Manzanita Road. It appeared the vehicle was searched but no items were taken. A nearby unlocked vehicle was also searched but no items were missing.

Theft: Credit cards and an iPod were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked overnight on Bergman Road.