Bainbridge man charged with felony in alleged domestic violence case

A 24-year-old Bainbridge Island man was charged with unlawful imprisonment in Kitsap County District Court Monday after he allegedly stopped his girlfriend from leaving their home on Madrona Drive Northeast after an argument turned physical.

Stephen Selwyn Sugden was arrested by Bainbridge police for an alleged domestic violence assault and booked into Kitsap County Jail just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18.

According to court documents, Sugden was treated and taken to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton just before 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17 after he attempted suicide. Sugden allegedly told emergency responders from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department that he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend and then tried to kill himself.

Police interviewed the man's girlfriend and she said Sugden had wrapped his arms around her to prevent her from leaving the home during their argument, then grabbed her leg as she tried to leave.

The woman also told police that her boyfriend had pushed her and slammed the door on her foot.

While showing police the damage to the home, she also claimed Sugden had ripped off the door of the oven during the argument.

Sugden was taken to the Kitsap County Jail and booked after he was released from the hospital. Bail was set at $50,000.

Unlawful imprisonment is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine upon conviction.


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