A 78-year-old man is facing assault charges for allegedly stabbing his wife with a piece of glass and attempting to gouge her eyes out at their Mossyrock residence early Tuesday morning.
The victim called 911 just after 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 5 to report “her husband … was going crazy,” according to court documents.
A Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the scene to find the defendant, who The Chronicle is not identifying to protect the identity of the victim, on top of the victim and holding “a large piece of glass” from a broken cabinet to the victim’s arm.
He eventually complied with the deputy’s commands to drop the piece of glass and he was placed under arrest.
The victim reported that her husband had woken up around 5:30 a.m. and become “agitated about something,” and the two got into a “tussle” when she tried to get him to go back to sleep, according to court documents.
During the scuffle, the man allegedly broke a china cabinet, cut the victim with glass from the cabinet and attempted to gouge her eyes out with his fingers.
The victim was treated at the scene for a large laceration on the back of her arm and swelling on the right side of her face. She was transported to a hospital for further treatment.
The man was treated for lacerations on his feet from the broken glass before he was booked into the Lewis County Jail on one count of second-degree assault, domestic violence.
He has no prior criminal history and the victim reported that Tuesday’s incident was “the first time something like this has happened,” according to court documents.
According to defense attorney Rachael Tiller, the man says he has no recollection of the incident.
When interviewed by police, the man reportedly said “he gets confused easily” and then “began talking about his time in the service,” according to court documents.
Judge J. Andrew Toynbee set the man’s initial bail at $50,000 during a preliminary appearance on Oct. 6 but an arraignment hearing has been put on hold pending a competency evaluation.