Port Angeles man charged with robbery

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man has been charged with an alleged robbery in the back seat of a vehicle on Ediz Hook.

Asa James Rudner, 23, was charged in Clallam County Superior Court on Monday with first-degree robbery and second-degree theft for allegedly taking $1,200 in cash from an acquaintance’s cousin.

Port Angeles police alleged that Rudner punched the victim in the face before taking his wallet and removing the cash.

Rudner also is charged with second-degree assault in another case.

He will be arraigned on the new charges at 9 a.m. Friday.

Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson set Rudner’s bail at $50,000 Monday. Rudner remained in the Clallam County jail as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“Based on the fact that the current charges involve a robbery one, and the fact that we have a pending assault two, I’m going to find that Mr. Rudner poses a substantial risk of a likelihood to commit a violent offense,” Erickson said in court Monday.

“I’m going to follow the recommendations of the state and impose the $50,000 bail.”

Erickson also signed a no-contact order protecting the alleged victim.

Witnesses said that Rudner entered the back seat of a friend’s vehicle that was parked on Ediz Hook and demanded money from the alleged victim, a cousin of one of Rudner’s friends, police said.

The incident was reported by a witness.

“Asa suddenly began grabbing at his pocket where his wallet was and told him ‘Gimme your s—-’,” police said in the probable cause statement.

“(The alleged victim) said he told Asa he could have his vape pen, but Asa continued to try and pull his wallet from his pocket.”

The alleged victim said Rudner began striking him in the head multiple times with a closed fist.

The man had a laceration and bruising on the right side of his face near his temple but declined medical attention, police said.

Rudner was arrested Friday in Carlsborg, police said.

First-degree robbery is a Class A felony punishable by a maximum of life in prison and/or $50,000 fine, Erickson said.

________

Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.

More in Crime

Forks man arrested on investigation of drug possession

A Forks man was arrested on investigation of drug possession… Continue reading

Attempted murder trial pushed to November

Sequim man allegedly shot at neighbor in 2022

Drive-by shooter sentenced to 5½ years in prison

Port Angeles man convicted after two-day jury trial

Arrest warrant issued for Sequim contractor

Complainants allege Gamboa failed to complete jobs after being paid

Sequim man charged with six counts of child rape

A Sequim man is facing six counts of third-degree… Continue reading

Alleged bank robber shot by police is identified

A man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank… Continue reading

Woman gets 20 years for murder

Court adds four months for max penalty

Former ER physician still faces civil trial

Hill pleaded guilty to lesser charges Friday

Former physician agrees to plea deal for assaults

Sentencing hearing set for June 24

Clallam Bay man sentenced to 41 years for June 2023 murder

Ojeda-Ibarra pleaded guilty in December

Trial dates set in Sequim home invasion case

Sheriff’s office says actions tied to drug trafficking