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Kingston man arrested for attempted break-in at occupied island home

A Kingston man has been charged for an attempted burglary on Bainbridge Island.

Aaron Lee Ashby, 46, was allegedly caught in the act trying to crawl through the window of a home on Gertie Johnson Road on Monday, Sept. 24.

A witness to the incident described a man matching Ashby’s appearance attempting to crawl through the open window. The man had to step around various flower pots in order to gain a good position at the window.

The witness called out to the man as his head was peeking inside, and asked if the man lived there. He told her that he saw someone with blonde hair run into the house as he was walking by on the road, and that the witness better go look for him.

Meanwhile, inside the home, the resident heard her dogs barking and proceeded down the stairs toward the window. She saw a man she did not know talking to the witness.

The man told the witness and the resident that his name was “Aaron,” but when he discovered police were being called, he immediately fled the scene.

Later in the investigation, police showed both the witness and the resident a variety of suspect photos. Both picked out the photo of Ashby. The witness said that she was positive that Ashby was the man she found. The resident said she was

75 percent positive that it was Ashby.

Ashby is currently being held in a Kitsap County Jail on $20,000 bail.

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