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Oak Harbor woman accused of tattooing man by force

While he’s a victim of a violent crime, Matthew Reimer said he can see the humor in what happened to him, though his friends are apoplectic.

But mostly, he said, he sees the bizarre incident as a “wake up call” that it’s time to leave the drug scene behind.

Reimer claims that Ashley E. Firth, a 23-year-old Oak Harbor woman, tattooed him against his will after forcing him to hand over his wallet inside a travel trailer on Crosby Avenue Jan. 11.

Firth goes by the street name “Dibo,” according to Oak Harbor police. She allegedly tattooed the words “punkbitch—dibo” on his shoulder.

Jennifer Yzaguirre, community service officer for the Oak Harbor police, said she’s “99 percent certain” that this is the department’s first case of alleged tattooing by force.

Prosecutors charged Firth in Island County Superior Court Jan. 22 with robbery in the second degree, assault in the third degree and violation of a court order. She pleaded not guilty.

“It goes to show how bad the drug scene has gotten in Oak Harbor,” Reimer said.

Officer Jon Valenzuela investigated the case after Reimer reported it the day after receiving the nonconsensual inking.

Reimer said he borrowed a van from friends — a man and a woman — and brought it back five hours later to the residence. The two owners were upset and questioned him about how long he had been gone.

Firth entered the trailer about 10 minutes later and demanded that Reimer empty his pockets. Reimer complied, later claiming he thought he would get beat up if he didn’t.

“He said that Firth has a reputation for using various weapons on people and hurting them,” the officer wrote in his report.

Firth and her friend, Richard Borgeson, 33, allegedly took his cell phone and a credit card from his wallet, the report states.

Firth and Burgeon forced Reimer to get on his knees and apologize for keeping the vehicle so long. While he was on the floor, they decided to tattoo him.

Firth bent over to look him in the eyes and dropped a handgun in front of him. Reimer felt that she did it on purpose to threaten him, the report states.

Firth asked him to pick a spot for the tattoo and he chose his left shoulder. She tattooed the words on him with black ink.

Reimer told the News-Times that he allowed Firth, an amateur tattoo artist, to write the words on his because he felt threatened by her and the three other people in the home.

“There was four of them,” he said. “I wasn’t going to take a risk.”

Afterward, Firth slapped him and told him he could either help rob someone or get “socked up,” which means to get “assaulted very bad,” the report states.

Reimer said he agreed to help her with a robbery, but he and Firth “were unable to catch up to the person they were going to rob,” Valenzuela wrote.

Firth later admitted to giving Reimer the tattoo, but said it was something he wanted to do because he felt bad about keeping the van for so long, the officer wrote.

If convicted of the charges against her, Firth could face up to 14 months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

While Reimer carries the evidence of the alleged assault on his shoulder, he’s getting it removed Friday.

 

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