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December 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Suspected firearms thief arrested in North Kitsap County

A 21-year-old suspected firearms thief was arrested in North Kitsap County on Wednesday in connection with a Dec. 5 burglary in which a number of firearms were taken from an occupied home, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Hayden David Armstrong-Nunes was taken into custody on an arrest warrant after a foot pursuit and physical confrontation on Bainbridge Island, according to the sheriff’s office.

He is charged with first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm and is being held on $250,000 bail. He is also being held without bail on a felony warrant issued by the Department of Corrections for escape from community custody.

The sheriff’s office said in a news statement released on Thursday that Armstrong-Nunes’ girlfriend, Ruthanne Villarreal, 24, was also arrested Wednesday on outstanding warrants and for allegedly rendering criminal assistance.

Armstrong-Nunes is alleged to have entered an occupied home in the 5400 block of Northeast Laura Loop in Poulsbo on Dec. 5 where he is suspected of stealing several firearms before getting into a physical confrontation with the homeowner, the sheriff’s office said.

During the confrontation, Armstrong-Nunes suffered a serious injury to his hand from a large knife or sword, police said.

After leaving the victim’s home, the suspect sought help at a neighbor’s house, but left before deputies could arrive, the sheriff’s office said.

He is then alleged to have fled on foot and was last seen at a Texaco station in Poulsbo where he was able to get a ride from a customer who was buying gas, police said.

Investigators developed criminal intelligence to identify Armstrong-Nunes and a warrant for his arrest was issued by a Kitsap County court on Dec. 8, the sheriff’s office said.

Before being booked into jail, Armstrong-Nunes was treated at an emergency room for possible narcotics ingestion, police said.

The stolen firearms have not yet been recovered, the sheriff’s office said.

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