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Port Orchard man jailed for multiple-weapon attack

A 20-year-old Port Orchard man is facing two counts of second-degree domestic violence assault — with the possibility of numerous other charges yet to come — after he allegedly attacked various members of his Farragut Avenue household with a brick, a power saw and a machete.

Brandon Lee Maule was arraigned Friday after being arrested for a series of attacks that took place over much of Thursday evening. According to police reports, the trouble started late Thursday afternoon when Maule and his 24-year-old live-in girlfriend got into a fight over a sweatshirt and a borrowed car.

The girlfriend told police she had lent Maule her car but he didn’t return it as scheduled. When he finally came home, she said, they got into an argument over a sweatshirt he was wearing that also belonged to her. The girlfriend said Maule ended the argument by putting her in a headlock and choking her while her young children watched.

She said Maule released her, but then started yelling about her hiding his guns. She put her kids into her car to leave, but Maule allegedly followed them and struck the windshield with a brick, scratching it.

He then allegedly grabbed a circular saw and tried to saw through the driver’s side door.

The girlfriend said he apparently had problems getting the safety guard out of the way, and only succeeded in denting the door before she unplugged the saw. She said Maule then went into the house, found his missing guns, and left with a friend who had just arrived.

Sometime after 10 p.m., Maule returned to the house and his 18-year-old sister commented on his strange appearance. Apparently, Maule had fallen asleep at his friend’s house while drinking and, while he was unconscious, someone shaved a strip off the top of his head and wrote profanity all over his face with a marker.

When Maule saw the damage, he allegedly started screaming for his mother to drive him back to the friend’s house. When she refused, saying she was on medication that did not make it safe for her to drive, Maule allegedly grabbed a machete and started swinging it as his mother and sister.

The women told police Maule eventually went out to the car and started hitting it with the machete. They stayed inside, locked the doors, and shut themselves into a back room. Maule allegedly broke a window out of the front door in order to get inside and then came after the women.

In a panic, they climbed out of a rear window, even though the mother had two false hips and is partially crippled as a result. Maule allegedly found them in the backyard and grabbed his mother around the neck, threatening her with the machete.

“(The mom) was standing outside screaming for us to save her daughter,” said Port Orchard Police Chief Al Townsend.

The mother said she had just managed to get free when police arrived.

Maule was treated for lacerations to his hands and booked for two counts of first-degree assault (domestic violence), one count of second-degree assault (domestic violence) and three counts of malicious mischief. His bail was set at $250,000.

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