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Police search Bainbridge's Grand Forest for evidence in armed robbery string

FBI agents participated in a multi-agency search in the Grand Forest on Bainbridge Island Thursday.  - Staff Photo/ Brad Camp
FBI agents participated in a multi-agency search in the Grand Forest on Bainbridge Island Thursday.
— image credit: Staff Photo/ Brad Camp

About 50 officers and agents from the FBI, ATF, Kitsap County Sheriff, Suquamish and Bainbridge police departments scoured Bainbridge Island’s Grand Forest Thursday “looking for evidence related to a suspect wanted for several armed robberies in Western Washington,” said Bainbridge Police Lt. Sue Shultz.

Shultz said after the search ended that they were looking specifically for stolen weapons and financial gain from bank robberies committed by Brad Steve Robinett, a man suspected of several armed robberies and burglaries in Kitsap, Mason and King counties in recent months.

Shultz said nothing was found when the six-hour search ended at 4 p.m. She said officers believe Robinett stayed in the forest for a short period in September.

Robinett, who is considered to be a survivalist, is a suspect of crimes such as theft of weapons, cars and other property. Shultz said the suspect is considered armed and extremely dangerous

On Sept. 12, Bainbridge police said Robinett fled on foot after he ditched a vehicle following a short pursuit and was tracked to the waterfront on North Tolo Road. Meanwhile, a nearby resident reported his kayak missing. Police said the vehicle was a stolen Honda Pilot with plates taken from another vehicle stolen in Vancouver, Wash.

A marine patrol unit was unable to locate the suspect or the boat. Police described Robinett as a white male between the ages of 25 and 30. He described as between 5-feet 8-inches and 6-feet tall with short brown hair and an athletic build. He was last seen dressed in a blue, short-sleeved shirt and beige or faded blue running shorts.

Shultz said there was no immediate threat to the public in the forest. There were several people walking the forest’s trails while the evidence search was occurring and officers were not asking people to leave the area.

Shultz said the public notified because that type of intensive search need to confidential. She said also served as a training excercise for sthe five different agencies involved.

Officers conducting the search, scheduled between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., were armed with rifles and hand guns.

Neighbors said roads were clogged with officers and their vehicles during much of the day and they hadn’t been notified by authorities about what was happening in the area.

Shultz said the officers were also looking for evidence that might help lead them to Edward Mark Olsen, 49, who has a warrant out for his arrest involving the attempted murder of a Bainbridge Island woman and her son during the early morning hours of Nov. 29. Olsen fled the scene and hasn’t been seen since.

“We’ve also got Mr. Olsen on our minds since he’s still on the loose,” Shultz said.

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