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SK man robbed at gunpoint for rims

An East Bremerton man was charged with second-degree robbery this week for allegedly robbing a South Kitsap man at gunpoint of two tire rims he was trying to sell.

According to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the 23-year-old victim said he pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store on the corner of Wheaton and Sylvan ways in East Bremerton around 5 a.m. on April 22 on his way to retrieve his dog at a friend’s house.

In the parking lot, the victim said he saw a blue Cadillac and approached the car, asking the driver if he would be interested in buying two wire rims he was trying to sell.

According to the victim, the driver — identified as a white male in his late 20s — said he would like to buy the rims, but needed to go to a friend’s house first to get some cash.

The victim then followed the suspect as he drove to another house and picked up two other people, a male and an hispanic female. After following the suspect to another unknown address, both men got out of their cars and the suspect took a gun out of his trunk and put it to the victim’s neck, telling him to get down on the ground.

The victim said he got down on his knees while the two men “ransacked” his car and the female suspect stood over him, warning him to stay down. The suspects then drove off with the rims, two speakers and his wallet.

When the deputies arrived, the victim tried to locate the two houses the suspects had taken him to, but could not.

However, four hours later, a Bremerton police officer located the suspects in a Cadillac matching the description and license plate number the victim provided.

A deputy responded to interview the suspects, immediately noticing two wire rims in the car, and asked the 32-year-old driver, identified as Sean Kevin MacFarlane, where he got them.

MacFarlane said the victim approached him in a parking lot, saying he needed cash and wanted to sell his rims. The suspect said he agreed to pay him $175 for them, had the victim follow him as he picked up two friends, then paid the victim and they separated. He said he did not have a gun and did not rob him.

After being granted permission to search the suspect’s car, the deputy first located the victim’s wallet in the glove compartment, then later lifted the hood to find a pellet gun that resembled a black, semi-automatic handgun lying on top of the air filter.

MacFarlane was arrested and booked into Kitsap County Jail for first-degree robbery. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail after being charged with second-degree robbery in Kitsap County Superior Court.

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