Judge gives Langley burglary suspect more time to find lawyer

COUPEVILLE — The court arraignment for a South End man accused of breaking into a Langley shop was delayed for two weeks so he could try to find a lawyer.

Scott Watts said Monday he needed more time to hire a lawyer, and Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock agreed. Watts, who did not enter a plea in court this week, is due back in court May 5.

The 25-year-old Langley man was arrested April 6 after officers found him with a bleeding hand near Quilting by the Sea in Langley Village, shortly after the owner reported an attempted break-in.

The Island County Prosecutor Office charged him with second-degree burglary on April 9.

Watts has had a number of prior problems with the police, according to law enforcement officials.

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said last week that Watts has a pending charge in Island County District Court for first-degree criminal trespass.

Watts also has convictions for brandishing a weapon from 2002 and a driving under the influence conviction from 2006, Banks said.

“He has no felony convictions that we know of,” Banks said.

More details about Watts’ suspected involvement in the Langley break-in was released this week.

According to court records, Langley Police Officer Dave Marks said he found a shouting Watts just about 100 feet from a broken door at the quilting shop.

“I asked Watts what was going on and he said, ‘I cut my hand on the glass over there,’ and he pointed to the building with the busted door,” Marks wrote in his report. “I asked Watts why he busted out the glass and he said, ‘I don’t know.’”

From there on out, Marks and his fellow officers were in for a turbulent ride to Coupeville. Watts was arrested and handcuffed for transport to Whidbey General Hospital and then jail.

“While we were walking to the car, Watts attempted to pull away from us several times and at one point reached back with one of his handcuffed hands and attempted to pull my tazer from my duty belt,” Marks wrote in the report.

The officer read Watts his Miranda rights and was in return showered with profanities.

While on the way to Whidbey General Hospital, Watts told officers that he had personal problems.

“I got fired from my job and my girlfriend is pregnant. What was I supposed to do?” Watts asked, according to Marks’ report.

After his arrival at the hospital, Watts’ demeanor didn’t get better. He continued to yell and shout profanities to the point that medical personnel requested that the officers and Watts wait outside until he was treated, according to the report.

Watts was then booked in Island County Jail, but later released.

According to the records, Watts admitted that blood collected at the scene was his.

Marks wrote in his report that he told Watts he was planning to take a blood sample to compare it with the blood on the broken glass.

“My blood is all over that glass, bro. After I cut my hand I wiped the blood off on the broken glass,” Watts allegedly told the officer.

Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg said the blood is important evidence, but it would take several weeks for the results to come back from the crime laboratory.

Blood was not only found at the quilting shop, but also across the street at the scene of another break-in the same night, at the South Whidbey Commons.

Blood samples from both places were sent to the lab for comparison.

“We can’t tie the two burglaries together until we get the blood samples back,” Herzberg said.

No arrests have been made in the string of burglaries that happened only a few days later in downtown Langley. The burglar or burglars hit six businesses and took mostly change but also huge amounts of steak, seafood and liquor.

In March, a burglar broke into the Moonraker Bookstore and the adjacent clothing store.

Michaela Marx Wheatley can be reached at 221-5300 or mmarxwheatley@south

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