EVERETT — He is accused of tightly squeezing his pregnant girlfriend from behind and saying things like, “We’re not having this baby.”
The 21-year-old man got into an argument with the girlfriend early the morning of Aug. 21, according to a police report filed in Everett District Court. He reportedly demanded she leave the Everett apartment the two had been staying at with a friend.
She packed up her things and tried to leave, but the Everett man apparently changed his mind, the police report said. He blocked her path out the door. He reportedly pulled at her shirt and neck, causing “red, bright, scratch marks.”
She stepped out of the apartment, but when she did, he put her in what she told police was a bear hug to pull her back inside, according to court papers. She made it part of the way down the stairs, but he again tried to pull her back. She held onto the stairs railing to stop him.
She told police he squeezed her abdomen tightly. At one point, he held her in a way similar to the Heimlich maneuver, according to the description she gave police. He allegedly told her they weren’t going to have the baby, making her believe “he was attempting to harm or terminate her pregnancy,” according to the police report. She vomited in the parking lot because of how tightly he held her.
A witness told police they saw the Everett man hovering over the woman and pressing her into the stairs.
She had been holding her phone throughout the incident and accidentally called 911. When he heard the dispatcher on the other line, he took her phone and smashed it on the ground, according to court documents.
The two had been together for about seven months.
After police arrived, they made several announcements, telling the man to come out of the apartment. He refused, according to the police report. When officers knocked on the apartment door, he didn’t respond.
He eventually agreed to come out of the apartment, where Everett police detained him.
The man was arrested for investigation of attempted first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault, but prosecutors are only pursuing the second-degree assault offense.
Judge Anthony Howard set bail Monday afternoon at $100,000. He was in custody Friday.
The man also allegedly beat up his girlfriend in a June incident, according to a protection order petition filed in Snohomish County Superior Court. When a witness stepped in, the 21-year-old grabbed that person’s neck and pushed them into a wall. The restraining order was issued.
In 2017, the man, then 17, was sentenced to three years in prison for robbing and threatening to kill a pharmacist in south Everett.
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