DARRINGTON — An armed 38-year-old man allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill his girlfriend on Sunday.
He was arrested around 9:30 p.m. after a SWAT team broke through his bedroom window in the Whitehorse neighborhood, just east of Darrington.
The pair had gone to a friend’s house that night. The suspect reportedly became increasingly angry and hit his girlfriend in the face, said spokeswoman Courtney O’Keefe with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
He then left and reportedly returned about a half hour later with a .22-caliber rifle. He threatened to kill the woman, O’Keefe said.
She later returned to her house in the Whitehorse neighborhood, where the suspect also lives. As she was walking inside, the suspect allegedly came around the side of the house with an axe, O’Keefe said. He reportedly shoved the woman, and she ran.
Police arrived shortly after.
The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree domestic violence assault. The rifle was not located.