A Port Townsend man is facing a felony charge of second-degree malicious mischief after he allegedly untied the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s enforcement boat and set it adrift …
A Port Townsend man is facing a felony charge of second-degree malicious mischief after he allegedly untied the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s enforcement boat and set it adrift while it was docked in Point Hudson.
Aaron Dwane Onufrock was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 2 and booked into Jefferson County Jail after Port Townsend police were called to Point Hudson after someone said a man named “Aaron” had cut the lines to the vessel.
The boat struck two other vessels after it was set adrift from its moorage in Space 31 at Point Hudson.
Witnesses who were on boats nearby told Port Townsend police officers they had seen Onufrock at Point Hudson, and he allegedly told them he set the boat loose because sheriff’s deputies had been tracking him and following him.
Onufrock was listed as a transient on court documents.
“Onufrock has generated an extremely large number of calls for service over the last month or two and usually for being aggressive, threatening and disturbing the peace,” an officer wrote in a statement of probable cause. “He is fixated on several law enforcement officers he believes is out to track and possibly kill him. However this belief does not prevent him from targeting community members with his aggressive and threatening behavior.”
According to the statement of probable cause, police believe he is a danger to the community and his actions have been escalating over the past month.
Onufrock was arrested after police were called to Hudson Street after a woman reported a man matching Onufrock’s description had been knocking on her window.
Police searched the area, but did not find the man.
Onufrock was found in the 200 block of Lincoln Street after police responded to a similar call and found him trying to hide in the bushes near Jackson and Lincoln streets.
He denied cutting the lines to the boat but allegedly admitted untying the vessel.
Onufrock was booked into jail without incident, but when jail staff asked if he was suicidal, he said no, “but that he would murder someone.”
When jail staff tried to clarify his statement, Onufrock allegedly said he would wait “until tomorrow” to kill someone.
Onufrock was arraigned in Jefferson County Superior Court Tuesday, Aug. 2.
He was charged with second-degree malicious mischief (with substantial risk of interruption or impairment of service) because the vessel had to be checked for damage before it could be returned to service. He was also charged with second-degree trespassing, a gross misdemeanor, because he had previously been trespassed from all Port of Port Townsend properties, including Point Hudson.
Onufrock entered pleadings of not guilty to both charges, and his attorney, Scott Charlton, asked bail to be set at $10,000.
Bail was set at $25,000.
Onufrock’s trial was set for Sept. 27 to Sept. 30.