By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
EVERETT — Prosecutors here have charged a King County juvenile corrections officer with felony assault after he reportedly broke his roommate’s leg and choked the man in August.
On Friday, a King County official said Tyriff Rudder is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into the Bothell incident. Rudder, 33, has been on leave since mid-September.
Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Travis Johnson recently filed a second-degree domestic violence assault charge against Rudder, alleging that the corrections officer put his roommate in a hold and threw him to the ground.
The man told investigators that he heard his leg snap. Rudder reportedly refused to let go of the man’s arm even after he was told that his leg was broken. The man, now in tears, pleaded with Rudder to release him and call an ambulance, court papers said.
Meanwhile, a neighbor heard someone screaming for help and called 911.
When Snohomish County deputies arrived they also heard a man yelling for help. Deputies knocked on the door but no one answered. Rudder eventually came to the door but refused to exit, court papers said.
Deputies again heard a man asking for help. They removed Rudder from the entryway. Deputies noted that Rudder appeared to be extremely intoxicated. He ordered police to remove his handcuffs. He allegedly told cops that his roommate had fallen down some stairs and he was trying to drag him upstairs.
Police found the roommate lying near a bedroom. He told them that he thought his ankle or foot was broken. He denied that he had been assaulted. He was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery for fractures to his tibia and fibula bones in one leg.
The man contacted police about a week later to report that Rudder had assaulted him. He told officers he initially lied because he was afraid for his life, Johnson wrote.
The man told investigators he’d been sleeping when Rudder came into his bedroom and put him in a “goose neck” hold. He said the violence escalated and Rudder allegedly broke his leg.
He said Rudder was drunk and seemed to be hallucinating that night. He told investigators that Rudder had put him in choke holds in the past and was proficient in these moves because of his training as a corrections officer.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.