Marysville man accused of beating woman has violent history

The Marysville man has a long track record. In 2014, he slipped out of jail after Bible study.

Rhyan Vasquez

Rhyan Vasquez

EVERETT — Court records suggest that a Marysville man accused last week of attempting to kidnap his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint and pistol-whipping her has a history of violence.

Rhyan Vasquez, 24, was arrested Friday for investigation of first-degree assault, kidnapping and unlawful possession of a firearm. On Sunday, an Everett District Court judge set his bail at $250,000. Vasquez remained in jail Monday.

As a juvenile, Vasquez accrued numerous charges, including misdemeanor thefts and assaults. He was arrested for robbery in September 2014, when he punched a friend in the back of the head and took his wallet and cellphone. And that same month, he escaped the Marysville city jail, having apparently slipped out after Bible study, according to court papers. Jail staff didn’t notice until two days later, when his attorney came to visit.

In court records, Vasquez’s family stated that he had become more aggressive with drug use.

More recently, his ex-girlfriend, 22, filed for a protection order against him, alleging that he kidnapped and raped her in July in Jefferson and Clallam counties. Detectives in those counties are still investigating.

In the petition, the woman called Vasquez “extremely violent and mentally unstable.”

The woman told Marysville detectives last week that she hadn’t seen Vasquez since the July encounter, but feared he would come for her again. She lived in the same apartment complex as his family and he knew where and what hours she worked. She had received calls from several phone numbers that she believed belonged to Vasquez. And someone slashed the tires on her and her boyfriend’s cars.

She was walking to her car last Wednesday in the 7200 block of 47th Avenue NE when Vasquez approached her, his face obscured with a bandana, according to a Marysville police report.

He allegedly pointed a gun at her head, and told her to start the car and take her smartwatch off, according to court papers. She screamed. He allegedly pistol-whipped her in the face. Police later noted seeing blood in the driver’s side interior.

When another man walked by, the woman screamed again, asking him to call police. Vasquez reportedly ran away.

Later, the woman reported that Vasquez had broken her jaw and that she would require surgery. She also reported needing extensive dental work to fix her teeth.

According to court papers, the woman believes Vasquez attacked her because he wanted her to drop the allegations against him from the July incident.

In the protection order, she said she couldn’t feel safe if he didn’t remain behind bars.

“Ten years from now I will still be scared for my life,” she wrote.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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