Food-throwing incident leads to felony charge

A report of a food-throwing incident at an Oak Harbor restaurant turned into a felony investigation Nov. 1, court documents state.

Police responded to a report that a man, later identified as 36-year-old Jarrod S. Godfrey, threw food at his wife outside the restaurant.

An Oak Harbor police officer spoke to the woman and saw that she had a black eye, which was covered with makeup, the officer’s report indicates.

The woman told officers that Godfrey assaulted her a couple of weeks earlier, strangling her twice and punching her numerous times, the report states.

She got away after the family dog tried to bite him.

The woman said Godfrey had assaulted her numerous times in the past and children witnessed the violence; she said Godfrey constantly threatens to kill her and bury her in a coffin, according to the the report.

On Nov. 4, a judge in Island County Superior Court set Godfrey’s bail at $25,000 and ordered him not to contact the victim or her children.

Prosecutors charged Godfrey Nov. 6 with assault in the second degree, felony harassment and assault in the fourth degree. The counts were all charged as being domestic violence related.

If convicted of the charges, Godfrey could face 13-17 months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

Godfrey had a previous arrest history for allegedly soliciting a prostitute, abuse of a child, DUI and possession of a firearm during a felony act, the police report states.

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