A King County District Court judge on Wednesday found probable cause against a 22-year-old Texas man who is accused of stealing a 35-foot yacht on Sunday night and using it to ram multiple boats and a marina dock in Portage Bay before he was shot by a resident of a houseboat.
Michael Allan Bray, who was treated at Harborview Medical Center for shotgun wounds to his hand and face, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail on investigation of motor-vehicle theft, first-degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and first-degree vehicle prowling, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Bray was naked from the waist down, high on narcotics and “screaming about a female and a ninja,” according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against him. The document indicates Bray is from Texas, but does not list his last known address.
Just before 11 p.m. Sunday, a resident called 911 to report a suspect in a stolen boat was ramming other boats at the Queen City Yacht Club, located at 2608 Boyer Ave. E. Three minutes later, residents reported hearing shots fired. Arriving officers found Bray on a dock with gunshot wounds and he was placed under arrest, the statement says.
Dave Svensen, 69, told a Seattle Times reporter on Monday that he fired at Bray in order to stop him and protect others in the area. He told police he fired three or four shotgun rounds “at Bray to stop him from endangering the lives of boat owners on the docks or in their boats,” the statement says. The yacht Bray allegedly stole “was confirmed as being stolen from a boat slip in the same marina,” it says.