Accused kidnapper was on bail for burglary charge at time of arrest

Posted 3/17/21

One of the four men charged in a horrific assault of a Port Townsend man last week was awaiting trial on charges of residential burglary and second-degree theft at the time of the alleged kidnapping …

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Accused kidnapper was on bail for burglary charge at time of arrest


One of the four men charged in a horrific assault of a Port Townsend man last week was awaiting trial on charges of residential burglary and second-degree theft at the time of the alleged kidnapping and torture.

All of the men arrested in the Nov. 20, 2020 assault — Isiah William Peoples-Morse, Zachary James Barbee, Giuseppe D. Glanz, and Robert John Cuevas — pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in Jefferson County Superior Court last week to felony charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault, and first-degree robbery.

But court records show Peoples-Morse was on bail on burglary charges when he was arrested earlier this month.

According to court documents, Peoples-Morse was arrested Jan. 22 after he allegedly broke into a 27-year-old Port Townsend woman’s apartment on Hancock Street and stole a Hewlett-Packard computer laptop, an Amazon tablet, two purses, sunglasses, and a pair of black ladies underwear.

The burglary victim told police she had come home to find her laptop missing and clothes had been strewn around the apartment.

She immediately identified Peoples-Morse as a possible suspect, and said that she “was suspicious of him based on his past behavior and possibly his desire to retaliate against her for reporting him to the police a number of other times in the recent past.”

The woman also thought Peoples-Morse was the person who had recently “keyed” her car.

A nearby resident told police she saw Peoples-Morse leaving the apartment with his arms loaded with items, including a bag that matched the description of a tan purse that had been stolen from the home.

Peoples-Morse, listed as a transient on court documents, had been hanging out with a man named “Mike” who lived in the Sea Breeze RV park, according to one of his relatives.

Police believed the “Mike” was actually Michael Pate, who lived in the RV park and his residence was known to officers as a place where young transients had been living.

When police went to Pate’s home, he guessed that they were looking for Peoples-Morse and had him come out to talk to officers.

When police asked for permission to search the home for stolen items, Pate said no but offered to search the residence and bring out anything he couldn’t identify.

Pate came back out “with a pile of property,” according to a probable cause statement.

The pile included a Hewlett-Packard laptop, a tan purse and other items he said he found in a clothes dryer.

An officer asked Pate if he had found the missing computer tablet, and Pate said no.

Peoples-Morse was arrested for residential burglary and theft, and allegedly asked officers if his situation would improve if he could help find the missing tablet.

He denied stealing it, but eventually told police it was in Pate’s truck.

Peoples-Morse also denied being at the complex where the apartment had been burglarized, claiming instead to be at the RV park and helping Pate work on his truck.

When questioned by police, Pate said Peoples-Morse hadn’t been at his home all day as Peoples-Morse had claimed, and had showed up just a short time earlier.

Police estimated the value of the items stolen at more than $1,650.

The burglary victim also told police that when she went to use the tablet, she discovered the thief has reset the device to “factory default” and all of her photos and other data had been removed.


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  • HarveyW

    Still no coverage of the $10,000 in questionable credit card purchases from someone at the FWPDA, the Executive Director allowed around 21 credit cards to be maxed out. Perhaps only 18. No ongoing coverage in the Leader so its easy to lose track.

    Still no word of responsibility for over $1 million in Kitsap Bank capital improvement loans used for day to day expenses. Seems someone at the Leader was able to give details on this story about the crimes described above. What is the difference regarding the FWPDA and almost no details?

    Secrecy as openness is promised by the FWPDA. Who did give the $200k to keep the FWPDA afloat? Board members were quoted as saying the retirement with benefits of the Executive Director who was responsible drove some decisions. They said that. It seems cries were committed and sugar coated.

    Who you are and who you know decides who gets an orang jump suit and pic in the Leader. The FWPDA is cementing plans for privatization of the peoples property. It was what they wanted when they formed, and full title to all of the Fort.

    Some things just take time. And patsys with benefits. And a newspaper good at keeping lids on. And readers who don't really follow the bouncing ball.

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 Report this

  • HarveyW

    Thought you retired the Just Exhale fake handle. You beat me to the correction I have no problem admitting mistakes or oversights. I was out making a living until this afternoon. Chill pill taken on this specific item, many more are needed to cover all the little details regarding the FWPDA.

    I should have some comments soon on this new FWPDA story Just Exhale. Also note your change in spelling of "name" Justex Hale.,74264

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 Report this

  • HarveyW

    Is it just me or has the FWPDA story and comments been removed from the online Leader? Saturday 8 am?,74264

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 Report this