An Oak Harbor man with a history of domestic violence is accused of driving his truck into the side of his girlfriend’s house, kicking down a door, threatening her with a knife and beating her, court documents state.
Patrick W. Heussmann, 29, made a preliminary appearance in court over the weekend. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill found probable cause to hold him on suspicion of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, fourth-degree assault, possession of controlled substance and first- and second-degree malicious mischief.
The assault charges were filed as domestic-violence-related counts. Churchill set bail at $10,000.
Heussmann returned to court Monday. Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme asked the judge to increase his bail because he had violated a court order by calling the victim a number of times from the jail over the weekend.
Ohme suggested that Churchill could either increase bail to $250,000 or revoke it entirely.
Heussmann’s attorney, Steve McKay, argued that the conduct didn’t support such a large bail amount.
Churchill, however, said Heussmann knew he wasn’t to contact the woman, but did anyway. She raised his bail to $250,000.
“I’ve had cases before in which people don’t follow a court order, but nothing as blatant as this or as quickly as this,” she said.
Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to the alleged victim’s 9-1-1 call from her home on West Fakkema Road Saturday.
The woman said she was hiding from Heussmann under her pickup when he rammed it with a Chevrolet Blazer, according to a deputy’s report. She said the pickup was pushed into a travel trailer, but she didn’t think he knew she was hiding under it.
Heussmann then drove the Blazer into the side of the side of the house, pushing the outside wall into the bedroom, according to the report. The woman ran into the house and locked herself in the bathroom.
Heussman kicked the bathroom door down and entered brandishing a large kitchen knife. She pushed him and he dropped the knife, but the he punched her in the face multiple times, the report indicates.
The woman broke free and ran out the front door.
Heussmann fled the residence before the deputies arrived. A “K-9 unit” from Skagit County was called in and began tracking in the back yard. A deputy heard a noise and found Heussmann, who was arrested.
A deputy searched Heuss-mann and found a rolled-up paper containing suspected cocaine, the report states.
At the jail, Heussmann punched the walls and door of an interview room; he broke a ceiling tile and sprinkler head, the deputy wrote.
Ohme said he plans on charging Heussmann this week, though he doesn’t feel he has the evidence to support a first-degree assault charge — the most serious of the suspected crimes — at this point.
Four years ago, Heussmann pleaded guilty to to third-degree assault of a police officer, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to three months in jail.
In that case, Heussmann beat his girlfriend, giving her a broken scapula, bruised and swollen eyes and a bloody nose. Deputies found him hiding between mattresses at a neighbor’s house. He kicked deputies while resisting arrest, court documents state.
A few years before that, Heussmann was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious and punching an older man several times in a fight over car keys, court documents indicate.