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Boater arrested for alleged assault with rock at Eagle Harbor Marina
A 58-year-old Bainbridge Island man has been charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly hit a man with a large rock for shining his car lights in the direction of his boat at Eagle Harbor Marina.
Edward C. Bailey was arrested on Saturday, Sept. 21 by Bainbridge police after the alleged attack and was booked into Kitsap County Jail.
Bail was set at $15,000.
The confrontation began sometime before 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to court records, Bailey — who police said appeared to be intoxicated at the time — became angry that the lights from a car occupied by a Bainbridge couple on Ward Avenue were shining in the direction of his boat.
Bailey started yelling obscenities and then left his boat to confront the man in the car. Police said Bailey acted "in an extremely aggressive verbal and physical manner" and started to assault the man by pushing him repeatedly in the chest.
Worried that he would fall off the end of the dock, the man pushed away from Bailey and tried to leave. Bailey then allegedly picked up a large rock that weighed several pounds and threw it at the man.
The rock hit him in the back and left a visible injury, police said.
The victim then picked up the rock so he wouldn't get hit with it again as his wife called police.
As the couple tried to leave, Bailey picked up a wooden board and threatened to kill the man.
Bailey also repeated the death threat during a 911 call and also repeated the threat to officers. Bailey also allegedly said he would kill the mother of the officer who took him to jail.
Police said Bailey has a prior felony conviction from April 2005 of threatening to kill someone, and a prior assault charge that had similar circumstances to Saturday's incident.
Bailey was charged with third-degree assault, a felony, in Kitsap County District Court on Monday, Sept. 23.
Third-degree assault carries a maximum prison term of five years and $10,000 fine upon conviction.