Woman charged for alleged hatchet attack at Edmonds motel

She dinged the bell, jumped over the counter and swung at an employee’s head, charging papers say.

EDMONDS — A woman accused of attacking an Edmonds motel worker with a hatchet in June has been charged with attempted first-degree robbery.

The Olympia woman, 36, told police that she wanted a refund.

On June 4, she reportedly walked into the Golden West Motel off Highway 99 and 240th Street SW, her face obscured by a hood and bandana. She locked the door behind her and dinged the service bell.

When a motel worker came to answer, the woman allegedly leaped over the counter swinging the hatchet, according to charging papers. The employee hid behind a door to the manager’s room and attempted to close it as the woman broke her way through.

The employee said his assailant demanded money, threatened to kill him and swung at his head.

He held her off long enough for two other employees to arrive. One rushed in and tackled the woman to the ground, according to court papers. He held her there until law enforcement showed up.

Edmonds police noted several hatchet holes in a door and a broken security camera. They also found “a substantial amount of possible methamphetamine” and a glass pipe in her backpack, according to an arrest report. Police wrote that she may have been high from using methamphetamine.

Officers took the woman to the hospital after she said she had a medical issue. There, they spent hours figuring out her name, which she declined to give.

After matching a photo from a warrant arrest to an image on her Facebook page, they booked her into the Snohomish County Jail. She was released two days later after posting $50,000 bond.

Within the past year, the woman has had six warrants for her arrest, for failing to appear to court dates.

She has no previous felony convictions. Her court record indicates that she has numerous traffic violations.

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

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