Police blotter: “You hit me in the head with an unregistered gun!”


This week, a Bainbridge man cleared a New Year’s Eve party by waving a gun around and pointing it at his head. His girlfriend whacked him on the forehead with the gun, eliciting the response “You hit me in the head with an unregistered gun!”

Also this week, a woman was assaulted on a boat in Eagle Harbor and a skin care device sparked a bomb scare.

The blotter’s below…


Jan. 1
Assault: A 41-year-old Seattle man was arrested shortly after 4:30 a.m. for assaulting and unlawfully imprisoning his girlfriend on a boat moored in Eagle Harbor. The victim said the suspect returned to the boat after drinking at a yacht club. The couple began arguing, prompting the victim to try to leave. The suspect held her down, preventing her from exiting from the boat. The victim flailed and scratched at the suspect until she could break free. She and her son fled but the suspect managed to take away her suitcase. Police found the suspect was highly intoxicated and had fallen asleep on the boat. He refused to speak with police but did show them scratch marks on his stomach that he said were caused by the victim. He was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Assault: A 29-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend and menacing people at a party with a handgun just after 12:45 a.m. Police were initially notified by two people who had fled the Eagle Harbor Drive house. They said the suspect had a gun and was inside with the victim and two young children. They told police the suspect had become angry and began waving a handgun and pointing it at his own head. Two officers approached the house with rifles when they heard a female screaming and a male voice yell “You hit me in the head with an unregistered gun!” The victim ran out of the house with the suspect following. The suspect complied with an order to lay on the ground. He was handcuffed while two Kitsap County deputies searched the house and found the two children and the gun, which was on a bedroom floor. It had no bullets in it. Both the suspect and victim appeared intoxicated. The victim said she and two others were playing board games when the suspect became angry and began waving the gun around. He went into a bedroom and threw the gun on the floor. He then threw the victim on a bed and choked her with a forearm. In the tussle, the victim’s nose began bleeding. She broke free and hit the suspect’s forehead with the gun. The suspect told police he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and that he was troubled by the New Year’s Eve fireworks. He said he could not recall what had happened except some yelling and lights in his face. He was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard and booked on $10,000 bail.

Drunken driving: A 22-year-old Seattle man was arrested for drunken driving on Miller Road just after 12:30 a.m. Police were initially notified of a vehicle that had driven down an embankment. An off-duty Seattle police officer had made the initial contact with the suspect and noted he was “obviously intoxicated.” The suspect was sitting in a rear seat when Bainbridge police located him. He appeared uninjured and his vehicle had no significant damage. Police ordered him to climb up the embankment. An officer noted the suspect appeared intoxicated and he later admitted to having consumed alcohol that evening. The suspect failed field sobriety testing and registered a .175 blood-alcohol level. The legal limit is .08. He was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard and booked on $5,000 bail.

Dec. 29
Suspicious: Police were called to investigate a suspicious package found at the back door of a Knechtel Way office building. The package contained an aluminum box with an AC adapter and glass tubes. The staff at the offices of an optometrist and an audiologist in the building said the package was unrelated to their professions. Police took the package to the police station and determined it was not radioactive. After checking with a pharmacist and a physician, police determined the package is used to exfoliate skin and reduce acne. “Per the manufacturer, it does other wonders for the skin,” an officer reported.