$20 drug debt likely fueled Everett assault

EVERETT — Everett police hope that a couple of felt pens may help them crack what appears to be a drug-related assault.

The black markers were seized Nov. 12 by detectives investigating what appears to be a young woman’s deliberate attempt to run down an 18-year-old Everett man with a car.

The reported motive? A $20 marijuana debt.

Police spoke with the victim Oct. 31 after he’d been taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a broken jaw and scrapes, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Everett District Court.

The man said he knew his attacker, who also is 18. He told police he’d been ignoring her because he had not paid for some marijuana.

When police checked the man’s home in the 2600 block of Walnut Ave. they saw that somebody had used a marker to leave a message on his front door, claiming the man owed $20 for pot, and that interest was mounting on the debt.

The man told police he was run over after he surprised the woman as she was trying to break into his home. He grabbed a baseball bat and chased her when she got in her car.

He said the woman drove a distance, then stopped, turned around, and ran him over.

Police tracked the woman down and impounded her car.

She denied running the man over, but said that he had pounded on her car with a baseball bat — although she had no idea why.

She denied selling or using marijuana. She also said she knew nothing about the message written on the man’s front door.

She told police that she’d been driving in the neighborhood and had stopped near the man’s home because she’d just purchased some gas and was setting her car’s GPS to help her monitor mileage.

Police found no record of the gasoline sale, and her car didn’t show up on the gas station’s video.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for her car. They seized a GPS device, suspected drug paraphernalia and two pens.

They plan to compare the pens with the writing found on the mans’ door, detectives said in the affidavit filed to obtain the search warrant.

Herald reporter Eric Stevick contributed to this story.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@heraldnet.com.

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