‘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.

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