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Four arrested in fight at Mako's

Four people were arrested last week after a fight broke out at a downtown bar that led to at least one suspect being shocked with a Taser, the Port Orchard Police department reported.

According to the report, the incident began shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, when at least one patron of Mako’s Bar and Grill — a 29-year-old Gig Harbor resident — reportedly refused to leave and assaulted an off-duty security guard.

According to one witness, the Gig Harbor man was being asked to leave by the owner of the bar, a 39-year-old Olalla woman, when he intervened. The witness works part-time as a security guard at the bar, but said he was actually off-duty during the incident.

When the witness and an on-duty security guard attempted to escort the first suspect out of the bar, he said another man — a 32-year-old Lakebay resident — began yelling at him and punched him in the face.

Once the security officers escorted the first man outside, the witness said the Lakebay man and his 35-year-old brother continued to assault them until police arrived.

When POPD officers arrived, all three male suspects and a 28-year-old woman reportedly continued to act hostile, threatening to kill the first witness and insulting the officers.

Officers used a Taser on one — the 35-year-old suspect — before placing him under arrest for both third- and fourth-degree assault and obstruction. he was booked into Kitsap County Jail under $25,000 bail.

The Lakebay resident, who allegedly punched the first witness in the face, was booked into jail for third-degree assault and felony harassment. He was placed under $100,000 bail.

The third suspect, the 29-year-old man, was booked for fourth-degree assault, while the female suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Earlier this year, POPD Chief Al Townsend told the City Council that Mako’s was beginning to drain his department’s resources due to “fights/assaults involving grossly intoxicated individuals.”

In March, Townsend said he was working with the bar’s owner to implement some changes, which included playing different music and establishing a dress code.

“We are trying honestly to work with her and are hoping we can make it work,” he said.

On Monday, Townsend said he will continue to try and improve the situation.

“We are trying to be good sports about it,” he said, explaining that much of the problems at the bar are not necessarily the fault of the bar operators, but stem from the clientele.

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