‘Deadliest Catch’ star was strangled, suffered broken skull

EVERETT — An Everett-area man best known for appearing on the television show “Deadliest Catch” was strangled and suffered a fractured skull during a robbery Saturday, according to court papers.

Jake Harris, 33, also had brain swelling, broken blood vessels in his eyes and bruising from a ligature that his assailant apparently wrapped around his throat, Everett police wrote in a report filed Wednesday in a Snohomish County district court.

Harris told police he was attacked after he accepted a ride home from a Marysville casino. He’d met the couple, a man and a woman, while gambling the day before.

Harris initially was in the backseat of the Range Rover, but the couple made a quick stop. He told police he got out to smoke a cigarette but found the vehicle’s rear door locked when he tried to get back inside. Harris sat in the front passenger seat and the man later climbed in the back.

Once they were again on the road, Harris said the man choked him unconscious, beat him and stole $2,400 cash.

An injured Harris was found along Highway 526. While he initially refused medical treatment, he later was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Harris and the man had earlier exchanged phone numbers. That clue was used to search social media for potential suspects.

The couple was tracked down in Spokane and arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery. When confronted by police, the woman reportedly admitted to participating in the robbery. She was transferred to the Snohomish County Jail.

As of Thursday morning, the male suspect remained in Spokane awaiting court hearings on unrelated warrants.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Joe Hempel swims off of the shore of Seawall Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

When not at home, Brett Bass keeps his rifle locked in a 600-lb. safe at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Edmonds, Wa. Bass, an NRA certified firearms instructor and safety officer, is one of three Edmonds residents who sued to block the city's safe storage gun law from being enforced. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Appeals court says Edmonds can’t enforce safe storage gun law

State law “unambiguously” pre-empts the city from enacting its own firearm rules, the panel concludes.

Everett man found dead in creek near Lake Stevens

The man, 28, was reported missing Thursday. A neighbor found his body in Little Pilchuck Creek.

A Washington State Patrol detective photographs the vehicle involved in hit and run double fatality in Bothell Friday on February 19, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Fatal hit-and-run victims identified after Friday crash

They were Carson M. Cox, 32, and Sarah L. Foxheath, 39, according to the state patrol.

Firearms teacher sentenced for Oak Harbor restaurant shooting

The 82-year-old victim had part of her legs amputated because of blood clots related to the injury.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

Rain drops gather on a ball cap with the name of the crab fishing boat Scandies Rose, a 130-foot crab fishing boat from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, that sank on New Year's Eve, as the hat rests near some flowers and a fishing float at the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
‘We are rolling over’: Edmonds survivor recounts boat tragedy

The inquiry into the Bering Sea sinking of the Scandies Rose crab boat openened with a mayday call.

Jeff Balentine
Former Mill Creek director rejects appointment to top role

Jeff Balentine declined the job for “personal reasons.” That’s all he can say under a city contract.

Most Read