Assault victim found walking barefoot after escape

A Whidbey woman jumped out the window of a home to escape from a man who had beaten, strangled and threatened to kill her on Nov. 16, according to court documents.

A neighbor found the woman walking along a road, barefoot and bleeding, and brought her to his home for safety and called the police.

The woman told officers that her boyfriend, Matthew A. Smith Jr., 23, threw her to the ground when she tried to leave the house; he then pinned her to the ground, threatened to kill her and punched her multiple times in the face, said the police report.

The victim alleged Smith choked her and bit her arm.

Paramedics transported the woman to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies arrested Smith at his house, and he claimed he hadn’t seen the woman in five hours, the report says.

Prosecutors charged Smith in Island County Superior Court Nov. 20 with two counts of assault in the second degree. The charging document indicates that Smith is accused of assaulting the woman with a handgun and strangling her on Nov. 15. The crimes were charged as domestic violence.

A judge set Smith’s bail at $30,000.

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