Port Angeles man faces charges in burning, strangulation case; will be arraigned Friday in Clallam County Superior Court

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man who Clallam County sheriff’s deputies say burned a woman with a curling iron and strangled her until she nearly lost consciousness is expected to be arraigned in Clallam County Superior Court on domestic-violence assault charges Friday.

Ronald Glen Smith, 52, was charged Thursday with one count each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault, both domestic violence-related, and one count of fourth-degree assault.

Smith was arrested Dec. 27 after a woman he knew previously told deputies that Smith choked her, burned her thigh with a curling iron and threatened to kill her if she told anyone what he had done.

She said it happened at a residence in the 2800 block of East U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles.

Smith remained in the Clallam County jail Saturday in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Deputy Kenneth Oien gave this account of the events leading up to Smith’s arrest:

At about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, the woman said Smith had punched her in the head and strangled her until she almost passed out at the Highway 101 residence.

After Smith hit and choked her, he began to break and throw things in the house, then punched a friend of hers after the friend tried to stop Smith, the woman said.

She said Smith also had burned her left thigh with a curling iron about a week and a half earlier.

Oien estimated the burn mark on the woman’s thigh to be between 4 and 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

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