Police say half-naked man went on rampage in stolen boat



SEATTLE - A local yacht club estimates hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, after a half-naked man, possibly on drugs, stole a boat and smashed his way around the marina, Seattle police said.

It happened just before 11 p.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of Boyer Avenue East at the Queen City Yacht Club on Seattle’s Portage Bay.

A man at the marina was afraid the man might hurt someone so he fired a shotgun at the suspect, who was grazed in the head and shot in the hand, Seattle police said.

The man who fired the shotgun, Dave Svendsen, said he saw the thief heading straight for a houseboat where a friend was sleeping inside.

“I kind of panicked and asked -- I knew my neighbor had a shotgun. I said, 'Give me your shotgun,' because I knew what was going to happen,” Svendsen said. 

No one else was hurt.

The 22-year-old suspect tried to exit the boat as police arrived. He was naked from the waist down and believed to be high on narcotics.

He was just tweaking you know, yelling and screaming,” Svendsen said. 

The man was treated at the scene and transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Once released, he will likely be charged with theft of a boat and felony property damage.

An extensive amount of damage was done to multiple boats and two of the docks.

One crash damaged the beams holding up the roof of a covered slip, collapsing it to the water outside.

The 38-foot cabin cruiser police said the man stole shows the scars from the rampage – it has a big gash on the bow and a smaller one on the port side.

Dick McGrew, the rear commodore of the yacht club, said, “This is quite a shock to us all.”

McGrew described the damage: "Well, it was collision damage to the other boats -- splintered fiberglass, splintered wood, damage to our docks.”

McGrew said between ten and 20 boats have damage as well as the battered dock.

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