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Alleged victim of carjacking nabbed for burglary
Not two hours after he was allegedly carjacked in front of the South Kitsap Mall by two acquaintances who put a knife to his throat in an attempt to steal a gun, an 18-year-old man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Bremerton home with a man carrying a gun.
Kyle A. Hugill, 18, of Bremerton called 911 shortly before midnight on Tuesday to report he had just been carjacked by two acquaintances in front of Big Lots on Mile Hill Drive, according to the Port Orchard Police Department incident report.
Hugill who broke free and ran across the street to call for help told the responding officers he was giving Paul C. Reyes II, 25, of Port Orchard, and Daniel S. Farley, 20, of Bremerton, a ride in his friends car to the Safeway store at the corner of Bethel and Lund avenues.
However, when the trio neared the store, Farley, who was seated behind Hugill, told him to keep driving. When the group stopped at a red light across Mile Hill Drive from the mall, Farley pulled out a kitchen knife and held it to Hugills throat and ordered him to pull over, Hugill said.
It was at this time that Hugill said the other passenger, Reyes, whom he knew only as Chico, told Farley no, not here, and Farley then ordered Hugill to drive into the mall parking lot and drive behind a building.
Hugill told police he wrestled Farley for the knife, then was able to escape the car with only a minor cut and scratch before running away to call 911. When officers arrived on scene, Hugill declined medical attention and left shortly after he explained what happened.
Police quickly located the vehicle a 2000 red Hyundai Accent close by on Karcher Street, and spotted a man who matched Hugills description of one of the suspects behind a nearby apartment. The suspect ran away, however, and officers did not arrest either suspect until Farley called 911 to turn himself in a few hours later.
When questioned by police, Farley said he had joined Reyes in an attempt to steal a gun they believed Hugill had in the trunk of the car. Farley admitted to holding a knife to Hugills throat, but said he never intended to kill him.
Farley then told police where to find Reyes, who was at the apartment where the suspects had abandoned the vehicle.
Police then arrested Reyes, who declined to speak with the officers. Both Farley and Reyes were booked into Kitsap County Jail and charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and second-degree attempted murder.
At the same time that officers in Port Orchard were investigating the carjacking, residents of a home on the 1700 block of Houston Avenue in Bremerton called 911 to report that several men at least one with a gun had broken into their home looking for a man they expected to be there, according to court documents. The group did not find who they wanted, but threatened to kill them all before they left, according to witnesses.
The witnesses identified two of the men they said broke into their home. One of them was Hugill, they said, and the suspect with the gun was Dexter E. Green, 18.
Hugill and Green were then arrested by Bremerton Police officers later that night and booked into Kitsap County Jail.
On Wednesday afternoon, all four men were arraigned in Kitsap County Superior Court.
Hugill, the alleged carjacking victim, was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Prosecutor Bob Naon requested bail be set at $75,000, but Judge Leila Mills raised it to $100,000.
Green was also charged with one count of first-degree burglary, and his bail was set at $100,000.
Reyes, whom Naon said was just recently released from prison after serving three years on a prior first-degree robbery conviction, was charged with one count of first-degree robbery. His bail was set at $500,000.
Farley was also charged with one count of first-degree robbery, and his bail was set at $400,000.
All four defendants pleaded not guilty. Their trials are scheduled in May, with omnibus hearings in mid-April.