The Port Townsend Police Department responded to 203 calls for service between April 10 and April 16, 2017, including 3 911 calls, 3 burglaries, 3 incidents of driving while intoxicated, 2 reports of domestic violence, 1 report of fraud, 5 reports of theft and 4 welfare checks. Among the incidents were:
Homeless individuals were seen camping in Bishop Park by a resident who contacted the police to report the encampment on April 10 at 10:51 a.m. Tents were visible from the resident’s home. An officer spoke with the resident who said there were younger men on bicycles in the park believed to be casing the neighborhood in the evenings, walking to and from an apartment building, and drinking. The resident requested that police conduct foot patrols in the evenings and will contact police if additional camps are seen.
On April 10 at 6:15 p.m., police responded to Jefferson Healthcare at the request of a hospital security guard who reported a belligerent man who allegedly broke a phone belonging to the woman he was accompanying while the two were sitting in the waiting room. The man was located near Grant Street and arrested on suspicion of malicious mischief and domestic violence. An officer returned to the hospital and spoke with the victim, providing her with information about Dove House Advocacy Services.
On April 11 at 9:04 a.m., police were called to a hotel on Cleveland Street, where an employee reported a man was arguing with her the night before. He had been escorted out of the building, but returned and put his head through a window. The man met with police the day after the incident and said he wanted to pay for the damage. The business owner said he would consider allowing the man to pay for the damage if he promised to get help for his anger issues. The owner said he would consider pursuing charges if the man did not follow through on his promises. The man was issued a trespass admonishment.
Police were called at 3:07 p.m., April 11 to a business on Sims Way where a man was tailgating another man’s vehicle and making gestures. The reporting party pulled over to the side of the road, and the other man stopped, got out of his vehicle and walked up to the driver’s side of the reporting party’s vehicle. The suspect didn’t say anything, only stood at the side of the man’s car. The suspect then asked the man if he wanted to talk or wait for the police to arrive. When the officer arrived on the scene, he de-escalated the situation and warned both men to curtail their behavior.
On April 13 at 6:33 p.m., police responded to an area on Discovery Road to reports that a man had been assaulted by a male passenger in his car when he failed to yield at a stop sign. The passenger had hit the man in the face. Police contacted the man by phone to inquire if he needed medical attention. The man was confrontational and declined assistance.
On April 14 at 12:55 p.m., a man reported he was selling a motorcycle on Craigslist and that someone had sent him a check on an account from a bank in Wisconsin for an amount more than the asking price. The potential buyer asked the seller to refund the difference by wire to a bank in Florida. The buyer said he was from California and gave an invalid phone number. The seller contacted the Florida bank and Craigslist. The police officer who took the report told the seller that “spoofing” was a common crime and he should exercise caution when doing business over the phone or on the internet.
Police received a report at 7:05 p.m. on April 15 from a woman who said a man approached her and asked if she could entertain him for a couple of hours. The woman, who had a baby with her at the time, said the man was in his 70s and spoke with an accent. He was upset and drove away in a new, silver compact car.
Police responded to a report of a person in a gold sedan who appeared to be smoking a crack pipe at 7:15 p.m., April 15 near Park Avenue. The two subjects in the vehicle were contacted by police, and one admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle. Both stated they would get a ride home.
Two men were reported to be standing in the parking lot of a business near Decatur Street at 10:41 a.m., April 15 yelling and making obscene gestures at anti-Trump protesters. No threats were made, no crime committed. Police told them not to block the sidewalk or the flow of traffic.
Officers responded to a traffic collision on Discovery Road on April 16 at 10:30 a.m. Three deer were attempting to cross the road when a vehicle hit one of them, according to the reporting party, who believed there was also a fawn in the area. A local animal rescue service was contacted to assist with finding the fawn.