South Kitsap Men Awakened to Home-Invasion Attack by Unknown Suspects

By Kitsap Sun Staff

Two South Kitsap men were beaten by masked assailants as they tried to sleep early Saturday.

Deputies were called to a Minterbrook Road residence shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Kitsap County sheriff’s reports. Two roommates, 26 and 23, said they were sleeping in their apartment above a garage when two male suspects — wearing either ski masks or hooded sweatshirts pulled tightly around their faces — began attacking them.

One of the roommates said that one of the suspects choked him, and deputies did find red marks along both sides of his neck. The roommate had a “severely swollen” hand that appeared fractured, deputies said. The roommate believed that he’d injured his hand punching the suspect.

The other roommate had a swollen lip and red marks on his rib cage, deputies said.

The violent struggle continued until the suspects fled on foot. A tracking dog traced their scent to a set of fresh tire tracks, where the suspects may have driven off, deputies said.

One of the victims explained that he leaves a door open in the home so his dog can come and go at night. The suspects likely entered there, deputies wrote in reports.

A knit hat, glove and box-cutter style razor knife were left at the home, and the victims told deputies that they may belong to the suspects. Deputies took those items as evidence.

The victims said that they had no idea who would attack them.

The sheriff’s office is still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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