Bainbridge blotter | ‘High risk’ traffic stop

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

TUESDAY, MAY 7

11:19 a.m. A 23-year-old Bainbridge Island man was arrested by island police as part of a requested agency assist by the Sammamish Police Department.

Island police were called and told the man had, earlier that day, broken into his ex-girlfriend’s home in Sammamish and put a handgun to her head while she was in bed.

The man was likely still armed with the handgun, as well as possibly an AR-15 rifle, the Sammamish officer said.

Bainbridge police searched the man’s name in their records and found they had arrested him in 2017 during a domestic violence incident with his sister. Sammamish police had a different address for the man on file than Bainbridge did, and so they drove by the first of the man’s addresses, but did not see his vehicle.

Asked about the certainty of the other address, Sammamish police said the ex-girlfriend had told them the man had gone back to that house. Police decided a “high risk” traffic stop was the safest way to apprehend the man, and less than a minute after arriving at that decision, while parked near his home, they saw his vehicle turn south on Madison Avenue from Torvanger Road.

Two officers stopped him and took him into custody without incident. The man had no weapons in his possession and refused to answer any questions. He asked for his phone, which was inside his car, but Bainbridge police said it was most likely being seized as part of a search warrant by Sammamish police, so they would not be going into his car until conferring with the other officers. They promised to let him know if and when he could have his phone back.

The man consented to willingly surrender his guns, which he told police were at his house on Bainbridge. He told them where exactly to find them and accompanied them while they were picked up.

He then asked to speak to his sister, and told her to tell his lawyer it was a matter of “felony domestic violence with a firearm,” though the police had not discussed any such specifics yet.

Sammamish police released the man’s car and his sister drove it away, with his consent.

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