Bainbridge blotter | Bathroom camper

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

6:39 a.m. A man was found camping inside the restroom of a privately-owned building after having been previously trespassed from there.

He was charged with criminal trespassing.

Police were conducting a patrol check at the building, on Wyatt Way, at the behest of the property manager. They knocked on the bathroom door and the man inside told them it was occupied. The police explained through the door who they were and told him he had to come out, which the man agreed to do. The sound of much shuffling and someone walking around could be heard, and then the police came in using the code provided by the property manager to find the man, 52, a known transient, flushing the toilet.

Based on the smell in the room and prior encounters with the man, police suspected he had been using heroin in the bathroom and had just flushed down the toilet any drugs in his possession.

Reminded that he already knew he shouldn’t be in the bathroom, the man insisted he’d only just come in a moment before to use the facilities. Police said they’d been outside for several minutes, so that could not be true. The man had only one backpack with him.

During a previous interaction the man had told police he was only passing through on his way to Port Angeles. When asked why he was still on Bainbridge, the man offered no reply. Asked for his ID, the man provided an old Orca Pass. After running his name, police found the man had a non-extraditable warrant in Port Angeles.

Police told the man that at least explained why he was not back in Port Angeles, to which he did not respond.

The man was told he was being charged by report with criminal trespass in the first degree, but he was not arrested.

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