Mental health check ordered

Port Angeles man faces multiple charges, including rape

PORT ANGELES — Instead of entering a plea to multiple assault charges last week, a 22-year-old Port Angeles man was ordered to get a mental health competency evaluation.

Reefer Jay Zentz will be examined to determine if he understands the Clallam County Superior Court proceedings that he sat through Friday and if he can assist in his defense against nine criminal counts, including first-degree rape, Judge Simon Barnhart ruled Friday.

Zentz allegedly attacked a 71-year-old woman and her 71-year-old male caregiver March 8 in the woman’s home.

“Defendant has been previously described by [Western State Hospital] as ‘a young man with a likely trauma history and likely trauma-related deficits,’ ” according to the court order mandating the evaluation.

“In addition, defendant has indicated he is currently experiencing active hallucinations and expresses paranoid beliefs with regard to recent invasive medical procedures performed on him.”

Zentz will be examined by a hospital evaluator in the Clallam County jail, where he was being held Sunday on $250,000 bail.

Barnhart scheduled the next hearing in the case for April 9.

Zentz also is charged with first-degree incest, second-degree assault-strangulation, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary, and assault in violation of a sexual assault protection order, all with special allegations that the victim is a vulnerable adult and that the crimes were committed with a lack of remorse.

The protection order grew from incidents on Jan. 8, 2019, at the woman’s home, where Zentz had been living in the woman’s garage, according to a Port Angeles Police Department case report.

He also is charged with harassment-threats to kill.

Two additional charges include harassment-threats to kill and fourth-degree assault of the woman’s caregiver, which also allegedly occurred March 8.

Zentz’s address is listed in the charging document as transient, Port Angeles.


Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at

More in Crime

Forks man arrested on investigation of drug possession

A Forks man was arrested on investigation of drug possession… Continue reading

Attempted murder trial pushed to November

Sequim man allegedly shot at neighbor in 2022

Drive-by shooter sentenced to 5½ years in prison

Port Angeles man convicted after two-day jury trial

Arrest warrant issued for Sequim contractor

Complainants allege Gamboa failed to complete jobs after being paid

Sequim man charged with six counts of child rape

A Sequim man is facing six counts of third-degree… Continue reading

Alleged bank robber shot by police is identified

A man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank… Continue reading

Woman gets 20 years for murder

Court adds four months for max penalty

Former ER physician still faces civil trial

Hill pleaded guilty to lesser charges Friday

Former physician agrees to plea deal for assaults

Sentencing hearing set for June 24

Clallam Bay man sentenced to 41 years for June 2023 murder

Ojeda-Ibarra pleaded guilty in December

Trial dates set in Sequim home invasion case

Sheriff’s office says actions tied to drug trafficking