Suspect in girlfriend’s death arrested in new assault


A man who was suspected in his former girlfriend’s death in 2006 was arrested early this morning after allegedly assaulting his current girlfriend and police officers.

Just after 2 a.m., Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at the Greenwood Mobile Home Park just outside Elma. A 55-year-old woman told dispatchers her 49-year-old live-in boyfriend had just punched her in the face, and the man was audible over the phone threatening the woman.

Deputies met the woman and the man, who appeared agitated and intoxicated, along with his 69-year-old mother. When officers tried to intervene, the man began kicking and biting them, with his mother apparently trying to come to his aid by assaulting the officers herself.

The man was eventually subdued and taken to Summit Pacific Medical Center, where he continued to yell profanities at the staff. His mother was also arrested.

The man was booked into Grays Harbor County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault on the police officers, fourth-degree domestic violence assault on his girlfriend and resisting arrest.

The woman sustained minor injuries to her face, and the officers’ injuries were also minor.

The man was the subject of an investigation into his former girlfriend’s death from severe burns. In August 2006, deputies responded to a 43-year-old woman who had apparently been badly burned on a camping trip in Capitol Forest. She died of her injuries at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The man told police the woman poured fuel on herself and several objects during an argument, then sat next to the campfire and ended up catching on fire. There were no witnesses. The case was submitted to prosecutors, but no charges were filed.