Woman allegedly attacked Edmonds motel worker with hatchet

She said she wanted a refund, according to a police report. Instead, she was arrested.

EDMONDS — A woman attacked an Edmonds motel worker with a hatchet Tuesday evening, demanding a refund, according to a police report.

The alleged assailant, 36, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault and robbery.

In security footage, the woman could be seen walking into the Golden West Motel off Highway 99 and 240th Street SW shortly before 8 p.m., with her hood up and a bandana covering her face, court papers say. She locked the door behind her and rang the service bell.

Moments later, she jumped over the desk and broke down a door leading into the manager’s room, police wrote.

An employee reported that the woman repeatedly demanded money from him, then swung a hatchet at his head.

He blocked the attack and continued to fend her off until someone else came in and tackled her.

Edmonds police arrested the woman. She said she had a medical issue. Police took her to a local emergency room, where she allegedly spit on officers and medical staff while being treated.

While waiting for the hospital to clear the woman to be booked at the jail, police spent hours trying to determine her name, which she declined to give.

They eventually confirmed her identity based on a recent warrant booking and her Facebook page, which showed the same tattoos.

The employee was not injured. Police found several hatchet holes in the door to the manager’s room, as well as a broken security camera.

Officers reportedly found “a substantial amount of possible methamphetamine” and a glass pipe in her backpack.

The police report noted that she may have been high from using methamphetamine.

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

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