Bothell man accused of fatally beating father with baseball bat

Gavin Wollman, 35, reportedly called 911 hours later. A woman who knows Wollman reported he has had paranoid delusions.


BOTHELL — A judge has set bail at $1 million for a Bothell man accused of beating his father to death with a baseball bat.

Gavin Wollman, 35, called 911 early Friday morning from his neighbor’s house. He reported he had hit his father with headphones. He told the police dispatcher his father had been trying to kick him out of the house and had assaulted him, according to a police report.

A neighbor called 911 right after. She reportedly told police she overheard Wollman saying he had hit his father with a baseball bat, that he had fallen on the ground and that it was an emergency.

Bothell police went to Wollman’s home in the 3000 block of 211th Street SE, looked through the front door and saw a man sitting in a recliner chair with an apparent head injury, the report says.

First responders went inside the home. The man, later identified as Wollman’s father, 72, was pronounced dead.

Wollman was arrested on a nearby street corner.

A woman who knows Wollman gave authorities a statement and reported he has paranoid outbursts and delusions, police wrote.

Back at the Bothell Police Department, Wollman reportedly told police his father had been emotionally abusive to him his entire life. He claimed his father had stolen his inheritance and used it for a vacation, police wrote.

Wollman told police he had been out at Inchin’s Bamboo Garden restaurant and bar, where he had a couple beers and “did not socialize with anyone.” The Bothell man reportedly told police he grabbed a baseball bat when he got home and hit his father. He said he did not remember how many times he hit his father, police wrote.

After the attack, Wollman reportedly told police he went upstairs and checked on his mother. Then he brushed his teeth, washed up and went to sleep.

Wollman went downstairs the next morning and saw his father, motionless, on a recliner chair, according to his statement to police. He reported he ran out to his neighbor’s house to call for an ambulance.

An Everett District Court judge found probable cause for second-degree murder at a bail hearing. Wollman remained in custody Monday at the Snohomish County Jail.

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