Caught: Marysville man accused of severely beating ex-girlfriend

Rhyan Vasquez, 24, has a history of violence. Police say he brutally attacked his girlfriend at her home.

Rhyan Tyler Vasquez

Rhyan Tyler Vasquez

MARYSVILLE — An armed man tried to kidnap his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint, pistol-whipping her in the face and leaving her with serious injuries to her jaw, police said.

Marysville officers arrested Rhyan Vasquez, 24, within hours of releasing a public bulletin Friday.

He’d arrived at his ex’s home dressed in black, with his face covered by a bandana, early Wednesday in the 7200 block of 47th Avenue NE, according to police. He tried to force the woman, 22, into her car, and when she fought back he beat her with the gun, police said.

Officers responded when a witness reported screams around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday. The woman’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. The suspect was seen headed north on 47th.

Vasquez has ties to Everett, Lynnwood and Kirkland, investigators said. He was arrested in Marysville by the city’s proactive policing team, for investigation of domestic violence assault in the first degree, attempted kidnapping and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also was wanted on a warrant from the state Department of Corrections.

The suspect had served a four-year prison sentence for first-degree robbery, when he held a man at knifepoint, knocked him out and broke his jaw, to steal his wallet and cell phone. Since then, Vasquez has served jail time for second-degree escape and attempting to elude law enforcement.

Last month, an ex-girlfriend petitioned for a protection order against him. She alleged a history of domestic violence, sexual assault, holding her against her will, theft of her car and obsessive phone calls from jail. “If he got out of prison before the court hearing, I’m afraid he will kill me,” she wrote.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.

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