The Bremerton Police Department has issued a warning to area residents that three crimes that have occurred in the city in the last 9 months may point to one person. Since May, 2011, two women have been murdered, and a man was assaulted in an otherwise relatively sleepy town that had only had two homicides in the previous four years.
Each victim was attacked from behind while walking alone on busy streets, and all are believed to have been followed before the apparently unprovoked attacks.
The Seattle Times reported that Sara Burke, 19, was the first victim, back on May 3, 2011. She was found stabbed to death in the neck. Police were alerted to the crime scene by neighbors who reported hearing what sounded like arguing in the 800 block of Warren Avenue sometime between 9 and 10 that night (featured photo shows block of crime scene).
On June 20, another stabbing took place less than a mile from Burke’s murder. Kenny Cobb, 51, was walking in broad daylight on Burwell Street when he was hit on the head and stabbed by an unidentified assailant. A witness to the crime is providing police with undisclosed details.
After a third similar attack on February 3, 2012, that left a second Bremerton woman dead, the Bremerton Police Department enlisted the help of the FBI and issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect associated with these crimes. The Department also has released a sketch of the “person of interest” in the crimes. He is reportedly a mixed-race or light-skinned black man in his late teens or early 20s. He is slender, approximately 6-feet tall, and has a facial blemish near his nose or lip.
Bremerton resident Virginia M. told Inside Bainbridge that she and her family are on the alert and “certainly do not feel immune to him. . . . We showed his picture to our daughter and discussed what she might do if she saw him.” Virginia continued: “It’s very sad what has happened to the victims and their families. We hope that he is caught and punished for the harm he has caused.”
The Bremerton Police ask anyone with possible information about the suspect or crimes to call their tip line at 360-473-5481.
Images courtesy of Google Maps and Bremerton Police Department.