Oak Harbor man beats woman, assaults officer, charges allege
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
January 28, 2011 · Updated 3:23 PM
A 25-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of brutally beating a woman in front of her toddler, then assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, court documents indicate.
Prosecutors charged Patrick Heussmann in Island County Superior Court Jan. 19 with assault in the second degree (domestic violence), third-degree assault of an officer, resisting arrest and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Judge Alan Hancock set Heussmann’s bail at $70,000 on Jan. 14.
Sgt. Rick Norrie with the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident that occurred in the morning of Jan. 14 at a home on Lato Drive. Heussmann allegedly struck a woman with his fists several times; the assault occurred in front of the woman’s 11-month-old child and two teenaged babysitters, Norrie wrote.
Norrie noted that a large pool of blood was on the floor. The woman was transported to the hospital where she was treated for a broken scapula, bruised and swollen eyes and a bloody nose.
About 40 minutes later, Norrie caught Heussmann hiding “between mattresses” at a neighbor’s home. He wrote that a teenaged boy was lying on the mattresses “like nothing was going on.”
Norrie and another deputy placed Heussmann, who was handcuffed, in the back of Norrie’s patrol car. A few minutes later, he started kicking the windows and wrapped the seatbelt around his neck, claiming police brutality, Norrie’s report states. He also was able to maneuver so that his handcuffed hands were in front of him.
When the deputies were removing Heussmann, he allegedly kicked both deputies. The deputies re-cuffed him and placed him back in the car with leg restraints. But again, Heussmann was able to free himself, forcing deputies to repeat the restraint process.
On the way to jail, Heussmann freed himself a third time and started kicking the windows, forcing Norrie to make an emergency stop, the report shows.
When they finally got to the jail, Heussmann denied that he had assaulted the woman, but claimed she fell in the parking lot of the Element Nightclub. He also said he hadn’t had a physical relationship with the woman and claimed he had AIDS, Norrie wrote.
Heussmann was charged three years ago with assault for allegedly striking his girlfriend and knocking her unconscious, court records state.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.