A man charged in March for allegedly breaking into a Chehalis home, destroying the female resident’s property and threatening her in February was arrested Sunday.
The man, Chase Patrick Underhill, 30, of Chehalis, was booked into the Lewis County Jail at 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 on a $50,000 arrest warrant.
A judge ruled Monday to maintain that $50,000 bail.
Underhill is accused of kicking the door of the victim’s Chehalis residence at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 25 before pulling the screen off of the window, entering the home and breaking into the victim’s bedroom where she was sleeping, according to court documents. A child was reportedly present in the room at the time.
The victim reported hearing “a loud noise at the front of her apartment like someone coming through her window” and then hearing “someone making their way towards her room.” She told law enforcement she tried to call 911 through her Apple Watch, but Underhill allegedly “smashed through her bedroom door … ripped the watch out of her grasp and began to strike it onto her bed frame until it was completely shattered,” according to court documents.
He then allegedly punched a glass object in the room, which broke and cut Underhill’s hands.
Underhill allegedly pinned the victim to the bed, threatened to harm her family and physically prevented her from leaving the room, according to court documents.
After about 20 minutes, Underhill allegedly “stormed out of the apartment, breaking personal items along the way.”
Officers later estimated the damage to the apartment was in excess of $750.
Once Underhill was gone, the victim and the child reportedly left the residence. The victim called 911 once she was with a relative and had access to a phone, according to court documents.
That 911 call came in just after 12:25 a.m. on Feb. 26 — about half an hour after an officer with the Chehalis Police Department pulled over a 2018 Ford Fiesta driven by Underhill for speeding.
The officer reportedly noticed Underhill’s hands were “actively bleeding” and he had blood on his shirt, according to court documents. When asked if he wanted medical assistance, Underhill reportedly declined. In response to a question about the blood, Underhill reportedly said “he scraped his hands while working on a truck,” though the officer noted “there was neither grease nor dirt on Underhill’s hands.”
Detectives who examined the victim’s residence noted a boot print in the center of the front door, damage to the window screen from where it was taken out of the window, two smashed interior doors, a myriad of damaged property, blood splatter on the walls and blood on the victim “from where Underhill had wiped his bloody hands on her,” according to court documents.
Detectives attempted to locate Underhill between Feb. 26 and the morning of March 15, but were unsuccessful, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Lewis County Superior Court on March 15.
The court issued a $50,000 warrant for Underhill’s arrest that same day.
He is currently facing one count each of first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault — all with domestic violence enhancements — and one count of interfering with domestic violence reporting.
Arraignment was scheduled for Thursday, June 8.