Bainbridge blotter | Someone raised a cane

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


5:15 p.m. A 20-year-old Bainbridge Island man reported he’d been assaulted by an elderly man while rollerblading.

The man told police he and a friend were rollerblading in the garage of an apartment building on Bjune Drive when an elderly man struck him in the face with a cane.

He said the old man had been upset with them and said they were trespassing, to which he replied there were no “No Skate Boarding” signs and insisted they weren’t bothering anyone.

The man said he and his friend had moved a parking lot wheel stop so they could roller blade, but then moved it back, though not to the exact same spot and became angry and grabbed his friend’s jacket. When he tried to get him to let go, the old man struck him in the face with his cane causing his lip to bleed.

The man’s friend had left the scene before police arrived, saying he wanted nothing to do with the situation. He would not provide his friend’s name when asked.

Police photographed the man’s injury and also the cane, which the old man had left behind.

The younger man told police his attacker had gone into the adjacent apartment building via an elevator, though he did not know which unit the old man lived in. He said he wanted the old man arrested.

Armed with a description, police knocked on all the doors in the complex, but could not find the man.

Police told the younger man that he was technically trespassing even if there was no “No Skateboarding” sign.

The next day, the young man told police he had a video on his phone of the attack, but it was too large to email. Police advised how me might submit the video, and he asked about the legality of going to the apartment complex and trying to find the old man himself.

Police advised him not to do that, saying it was “a terrible idea for many reasons.”

Again, the man asked about the technical legality of his knocking on doors. And again police advised him not to do it. In the official report, the officer recorded, “[His] taking my advice seems dubious at this time.”

Police received the video and reviewed it, finding the younger man’s story accurate.

The old man, the report said, appears to be the primary aggressor, refusing to allow the two others to leave.

Ultimately, on Dec. 3, police were able to identify the man, 77, of Bainbridge.

He recounted the events, saying he regretted his actions, and informed police the young man had indeed been knocking on doors in his building.

Upon hearing his version of events, police said a report would be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office and he may face assault charges.

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