Darren Adam Hayes, age 57, was convicted of burglary and malicious mischief in connection with the invasion of an inn on Lopez Island in February 2019.
The trial before a jury of twelve citizens took place over one week. The jury heard from the inn’s guests who feared for their safety after Hayes entered the inn in the early morning hours of February 18, 2019. Hayes entered the building, pulled the fire alarm, and then forced his way into two rooms that were occupied by guests.
Hayes was convicted of three counts of burglary – one for entering or remaining in the inn and one count for entering or remaining in each of the occupied rooms. The jury also convicted Hayes of damages to the inn by breaking windows and soiling the carpets with blood.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on two charges of unlawful imprisonment of guests in one of the rooms who managed to hide successfully in a bathroom.
Deputy Prosecutor Teresa Barnett represented the San Juan County Prosecutor and Public Defender Colleen Kenimond represented Hayes.
A previous article, Knife-wielding intruder terrifies 4 people on Lopez Island describes the crime in more detail.