The wife of a Snoqualmie man charged with domestic violence endured eight years of abuse, but it wasn't until he threatened her dog that she called police, court documents allege.
The wife of a Snoqualmie man charged with domestic violence endured eight years of beatings, cigarette burns, lashes with a fishing pole and slashes with a hunting knife before she finally called police, court documents allege.
And even then, it was a threat to her dog that prompted her to call 911 last week, according to the documents filed in King County Superior Court.
Geoffrie C. Glass, 38, was charged Monday with domestic-violence assault, domestic-violence harassment and a firearms violation.
Bail was set by a King County District Court judge at $1 million at the request of prosecutors. The high bail was the result of a threat made by Glass, prosecutors said.
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“The defendant made it perfectly clear to [the victim] that if she ever called the police on him, he would kill her,” prosecutors wrote in the documents. “If he is released, she is in peril.”
According to the Superior Court documents, the abuse began about 10 days after the couple’s honeymoon, when Glass allegedly slammed his wife’s head into a door and injured her eye. The woman, who has a master’s degree and is a nurse, sought medical treatment but did not report the abuse, court documents say.
In the years that followed, the beatings became “more fast and furious,” the victim told police.
Once, according to the documents, Glass slashed the victim’s arm with a hunting knife, leaving a scar. On other occasions, he whipped her with a fishing pole, court documents allege.
The 42-year-old woman told police her husband repeatedly locked her in the bathroom, twisted her neck and choked her, burned her with cigarettes and left her with black eyes, court documents allege.
Additionally, court documents say, the defendant restricted his wife’s ability to work and move, ordering her to remain in the house or within a half-mile radius of their residence when she walked her dog.
In 2006, according to documents, the victim attempted to leave Glass by hiding at a friend’s house. But Glass tracked her down, dragged her “out of the shower naked” and took her back home.
The following year, she sought shelter with her family in Ohio but returned to Washington after Glass contacted her relatives and said he would “come get her and kill anybody in his way.”
On June 7, Glass was allegedly beating the victim when her dog came up and began to lick them, which caused Glass to become angrier, the documents allege. He threatened to kill them both, and as he reached over to grab the animal, his wife dialed 911.
According to court documents, the alleged victim believed that by not calling police earlier she would be able to “buy” herself a few more years of life, police said in court papers.
“She told me later that she has resigned herself that she is going to die whether she calls police or not,” an officer wrote in the statement of probable cause.
Cheryl Bozarth, executive director of the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, said there are numerous reasons why domestic-violence victims won’t leave their abusers. Controlling behavior and abuse can creep into a relationship and victims often have economic issues that may make it difficult or impossible to leave, she said.
Additionally, leaving may not solve the problem, she said.
“It’s not always the best answer,” Bozarth said. “The fatality review [written by the Washington State Coalition on Domestic Violence] indicates that as soon as someone leaves, that is often when they are killed.”
Bozrath said victims ideally need access to resources, knowledge about their options and a good safety plan before they attempt to leave their abuser.
In 2004, Glass was arrested after the couple’s neighbors called police when he had beaten his wife, according to court records. He was initially charged with felony assault but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of fourth-degree assault.
Because of that conviction, he lost the right to bear firearms, court documents show.
Police reported that two guns, a bow and arrow and several knives were recovered from Glass’s home last week.
According to court documents, Glass has a domestic-violence conviction for an attack on a previous girlfriend and two misdemeanor battery convictions out of California.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org