Winlock Man Charged for Allegedly ‘Busting Through Door’ and Threatening Occupant

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A Winlock man has pleaded not guilty to residential burglary and harassment charges stemming from a March 6 incident when he allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment and threatened a man inside. 

The woman reported that she was home with a man when Donald E. Paull Jr. “came over uninvited … knocked on her apartment door and got angry when she opened it,” according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in Lewis County Superior Court. 

Paull allegedly “charged” at the man in the apartment and “cussed at him to ‘get the f*** out’ because Mr. Paull pays part of the rent,'' according to the affidavit. 

The man and woman in the apartment successfully pushed Paull out the door and locked it behind him, but Paull allegedly “busted through the door, breaking the door jamb, and charged at (the male victim) again” and allegedly “threatened to break (the male victim)’s jaw and told him he would be waiting outside for him.” 

Paull reportedly left when the woman called police. 

When questioned by police, Paull allegedly admitted that “he got mad when he saw another man at (the female victim)’s apartment” and allegedly admitted to threatening to break the male victim’s jaw. When asked about the damage to the door, Paull reportedly stated he “tripped over a frog and fell through the door,” but later allegedly admitted “he hit the door with his knee to break it in,” according to the affidavit. 

The female victim reportedly showed police text messages sent to her by Paull after the incident where he apologized for breaking the door and offered to fix it, saying, “That was not mature, I’m sorry. I f***ed up I’m sorry please don’t call the cops.” 

Paull bailed out of the Lewis County Jail on March 8 and had his preliminary appearance in Lewis County Superior Court on March 31, where Judge James W. Lawler set bail at $10,000 unsecured — meaning he remains out of custody and does not pay bail unless he misses a court date — and approved a domestic violence protection order for the female victim, who has been the subject of alleged domestic violence from Paull in past court cases. 

A jury trial is scheduled for June 21. 

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