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Pair arrested after beating up wrong man

A South Kitsap man and Seabeck woman were arrested last week after allegedly breaking into an Olalla home and assaulting a man they believed to be someone else, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the report, the incident began around 2 a.m. May 21 when the suspects — a 35-year-old SK man and a 30-year-old Seabeck woman — entered a home on the 1800 block of Burley-Olalla Road where the victim, a 46-year-old Bremerton man, was sleeping.

According to the witness who called 911 — a 28-year-old Kingston woman — the suspects entered the home through a closed, but not locked, door and while woman yelled at the sleeping victim, the man began punching him in the head.

After several punches, the witness said the female suspect began yelling that the victim wasn’t who they were looking for, but the male suspect continued to punch him.

Eventually, the witness said, the suspects left and she called 911. When deputies arrived, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue personnel were attending to the male victim, who reportedly appeared to have a broken jaw, broken nose, his eyes swollen shut and was going in and out of consciousness along with having trouble breathing.

The victim was transported to Tacoma General Hospital.

After learning from the victims who the suspects might be, deputies located the woman and man separately and placed them under arrest.

They were both booked into Kitsap County Jail for one count each of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault and held under $250,000 bail.

The male suspect, Christopher Updegrove, was charged with one count of first-degree assault and remains in jail under $150,000 bail.

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