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Mysterious man paints Twede's
NORTH BEND A bizarre turn of events in the Twede's Café
saga occurred last week when a man from Issaquah painted the entire
restaurant building without permission.
The man, who later identified himself as Jody Campbell to the
building owner's daughter, Doris Wade, reportedly traveled to North Bend via
bus or bicycle three times to cover the café's famous "Twin Peaks" mural,
the "Home of Twin Peaks Pies" sign and the rest of the restaurant's exterior
with white, gray and tan paint.
Because Twede's is about to be remodeled following a July 2
arson, North Bend residents did not think it was strange to see someone
painting the building, King County police officer Rob Henry said.
"I suppose that with all the construction going on, you'd think he
was just another guy working," he said.
Café owner, Kyle Twede, said Campbell was painting the
building when he drove by Sept. 8, but Twede thought the work had been ordered
by the building's owners. "I thought it might be the insurance
company," Twede said, explaining that when he tried to talk to Campbell, the man
got flustered and left.
Witnesses said Campbell was in his 30s, approximately 5 feet 5
inches tall, with a thin build and dark hair.
Twede then contacted the building's owners and asked if
the work was official. It wasn't.
Between Wade, her sisters, the insurance company and Twede, it
was discovered that nobody knew the man, and no one had commissioned
On the following Monday, Sept. 11, Wade was told that Campbell
had returned. Wade went to Twede's, chased Campbell to the bus stop in
her car and asked for an explanation, she said.
Campbell identified himself and told Wade the "manager" had
asked him to paint the building. He then got on the bus with paint supplies and
a 5-gallon paint bucket. By the time police had been contacted and
arrived, the bus was gone.
In an interview Monday, Campbell confirmed he was responsible
for painting the building and that someone named "Ann Margaret" from
the City Council had asked him to do the job. However, the Valley
Record learned nobody by the name of Ann Margaret works for North Bend.
When asked further about the painting, Campbell said, "Well, I
don't have anything more to do with it," and hung up.
Of Campbell's actions, Twede said he was puzzled that he had come
to the restaurant so many times. Campbell's third trip to North
Bend was on Sept.12, when Twede found him "chanting" in front of the
café's front windows. Twede asked him why he had painted the building and
told him that police would be called if he continued to visit the site.
Campbell said he was finished and left.
"He seemed very earnest, like he wanted to help, but (he) wouldn't
talk to anybody," Twede said.
Campbell left two of his coats at the site. During one of his visits,
he brought a door, which was painted with a design and had the words
"New Lincoln" on the front. He left the
door leaning against the front door of the restaurant.
Campbell reportedly did not go inside the business.
Henry said the building's owners have the option of pressing
charges, but the owners said they'd at least like an explanation. They want to get
the word out that Campbell is not to do anything else to the building.
"I'd like to find out what he's up to," Twede added. "You just don't
go around painting people's buildings."
Anyone with information about this incident should call
Officer Henry at (206) 296-3311.