Crime and Justice Week in Review: July 17-23

The FBI put the collar on the “pillowcase bandit.” A Belfair woman was jailed after the stabbing death of a 44-year-old man. And the Sylvan Library just can’t catch a break from vandals …

… all these stories and more in Kitsap’s Crime and Justice week in review.


July 22
‘Pillowcase Bandit’ Suspect Accused in Kitsap Robbery
A man accused of robbing a Port Orchard bank and suspected in three other bank robberies in Kitsap County is in custody and facing federal charges, FBI and Kitsap law enforcement officials announced Friday. FBI agents dubbed Michael Roger Yates, 24, of Shelton “the Pillowcase Bandit” because he allegedly used a pillowcase to hold money he stole from the banks, according to officials.

July 21
Motorcyclist Dies From Crash Injuries
A Port Orchard woman died late Wednesday from injuries she suffered in a serious motorcycle accident near Gorst earlier that day.

Sylvan Way Library Hit Once More by Vandals
For a fourth time this summer, vandals have damaged the Sylvan Way branch of the Kitsap Regional Library.

July 20
Tracking Down a Murder Suspect
Loop, whorl, loop, whorl, whorl. On the morning of June 26, Kitsap County jail Sgt. Keith Hall sipped coffee as he lined up two sets of fingerprints. One came from a man working as a cook in Silverdale who was booked into jail early that day for suspicion of drunken driving in Bremerton s Westpark neighborhood.

July 19
Woman Says She Stabbed Man to Defend Herself
A Belfair woman told deputies Sunday that she fatally stabbed a 44-year-old man with a knife in self-defense, according to the Mason County Sheriff s Office.

July 18
Mother’s Interviews Allowed in Death Case
A judge ruled Monday that all interviews of Richeal Rhoades by law enforcement are admissible in her second-degree murder trial.

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