A University Place woman is accused of following her teenage son to a date with a Bremerton man at which time the mother and son — and another man — beat the victim, demanded money, ransacked his house and stole his gun.
Branndi McCarter, 39, who also uses the last name Chipman, pleaded not guilty last week in Kitsap County Superior Court to charges from the November 2019 incident, where she is accused of beating the man with a distinctive club.
McCarter is also awaiting trial in Kitsap County Superior Court on a separate case of second-degree assault, where she is accused of hitting a woman in the head with a club during a March 2019 road rage incident.
The victim in the road rage case said the club “looked like something bought at a spiritual, hippie or witchcraft store,” investigators wrote in court documents. The victim of the November 2019 beating said the club had a dragon’s head on it, according to court documents
In the road rage case, McCarter was apparently upset with another driver for honking at her when she didn’t immediately proceed through a traffic light on Kitsap Way in Bremerton after it turned green, according to court documents.
Bremerton police first started investigating the November 2019 case when an injured man flagged down an officer. He had suffered a broken arm and wounds to his head from being pistol-whipped.
The man said he had met a person on the gay dating app Grindr and the person came to his house early on Nov. 12, 2019. Shortly after he arrived, they started having sex and then, not long after that, the man said somebody started banging on his door.
He answered the door and a woman and another man barged into his house. The woman said her son was under 18 and he could go to jail for soliciting a minor. The three began beating the victim, he told police.
They left with the victim’s pistol after McCarter first hit the man in the head with it, according to court documents.
Investigators identified McCarter and her son through juvenile court records and went to their University Place residence, where the teen denied being involved.
However, in a conversation with McCarter, investigators wrote that the woman appeared to know the age of the victim, 30, and said her son would have been 15 at the time. McCarter said this would make the man a pedophile and if police could prove her son was at the Bremerton house she would want to press charges against the victim.
McCarter is charged as an accomplice in three crimes: second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and theft of a firearm. She is being held in the Kitsap County Jail on $75,000 bail.