Assault leaves woman with broken ribs, collapsed lung

Her longtime boyfriend was arrested after the beating at an apartment near Lynnwood.

LYNNWOOD — A boyfriend hit a woman at least 20 times with a metal cigarette roller, leaving her bloodied with broken ribs and a collapsed lung at an apartment near Lynnwood, according to an arrest report filed Monday in Everett District Court.

The woman in her early 30s had told the man, 35, that she wanted to leave him, the court papers say. They had been together for about 4½ years.

“You’re going to pay for breaking my heart,” he told the woman, according to court papers.

Two roommates reported hearing screaming coming from the couple’s bedroom around 8:45 a.m. Sunday. A woman looked inside the room and saw the man slamming the metal rolling machine into the girlfriend’s face and body.

The roommates pulled him off, and later told police if they hadn’t been there “he would have seriously injured (the woman), maybe even killed her.” They pulled him down the hallway, while he tried to break free of their grasp. Once he’d been dragged to the kitchen, he tried to grab two knives from a drying rack, according to the sheriff’s office report. One of the roommates wrestled away the knives and shoved them into a cabinet. The man ran reportedly back to the bedroom and managed to kick the bedroom door, cracking it around the doorknob. Then the roommates pushed him out of the home.

Police found the suspect outside on foot. He reportedly told deputies that he and the woman got into a fight. According to the deputy’s report, the man admitted to shoving her onto a bed, pinning her and striking her with a plastic container. He acknowledged he’d been trying to seriously hurt her.

The woman suffered injuries requiring medical treatment at Swedish Edmonds: bleeding wounds to her arm, hands and chest, as well as broken ribs and other internal injuries.

District Court Judge Anthony Howard found probable cause to hold the suspected assailant in jail for investigation of domestic violence assault in the first degree.

Howard set bail Monday at $100,000.

Get help

If you or someone you know needs help because of domestic violence, call the Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County hotline at 425-25-ABUSE, or 425-252-2873.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; Twitter: @snocaleb.

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