Editor's Note: An update has been added to correctly reflect the age of the suspect as 43-years-old. An incorrect age was provided in the press release.
A failed robbery attempt Monday night in the Fishtrap area of Dana Passage triggered a larger investigation that led to the arrest of a 43-year-old Boston Harbor area resident, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a news release:
About 8 p.m. Aug. 5, a homeowner on the waterfront in the Fishtrap area of Dana Passage reported that he’d had a physical altercation with a male suspect who was attempting to steal an outboard motor. The victim tried to stop the theft and was assaulted with punches and strikes from an oar. The suspect fled in an inflatable boat with an outboard motor.
Investigators discovered two incidents from Otis Beach on Johnson Point where a gun and camping supplies had been taken from a moored boat and a 12 foot aluminum boat and its contents had been stolen from its moorage.
A person of interest who was identified by the robbery victim. During the service of a search warrant at the suspect’s property, additional suspected stolen items were located. Detectives have linked these items to a waterfront burglary in Dana Passage as well as a theft from a boat in the Sunset Beach area. Additional charges against the suspect are pending.
Detectives are still looking for a 12-foot aluminum SeaKing boat with an Evinrude outboard The boat has blue plastic beach wheels on the transom. Anyone with additional information about these crimes is asked to call Detective Dave Claridge at 360.754.4395 or CrimeStoppers at 360.493.2222.