Bainbridge blotter | Everybody’s got something to hide, except for me and my monkey

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


12:19 a.m. A man and his marmoset were making people uncomfortable in the Island Village Shopping Center parking lot.

Police were dispatched to investigate after a restaurant employee reported the man, who was banging on the door and waving rocks around. He also said the young man appeared to be holding “a monkey.”

Police located the man, 30, of Bainbridge Island, who was known to them from prior interactions, and his pet marmoset, Rafiki, outside Safeway.

The man explained to police he’d forgotten his debit card at home and had been trying to negotiate a line of credit at the restaurant’s bar. When that was declined he said he’d left without incident, but while outside he’d asked for glass of water and was refused, so he went to the nearby gas station for a cup of water.

When he returned to the restaurant, the man said a worker there claimed he was going to kill Rafiki and so he left and called 911.

The restaurant worker said the man who’d been arguing with the marmoset owner was a customer who was “not familiar with him.”

The man had consumed vodka, about 6 ounces, police said, and so he and his pet were given a courtesy ride to their home.

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