Wife allegedly attacks spouse because of dream

Man airlifted to Harborview Medical Center

PORT TOWNSEND — A Port Townsend woman was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting her husband with the blunt edge of a hatchet to punish him for what he did in her dream.

The man was listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Tuesday afternoon.

He had been airlifted there early Tuesday morning from Jefferson Healthcare hospital, where an emergency room doctor had found he had a skull fracture, severe lacerations to the back of his head, severe lacerations to his ear — which will require plastic surgery — and a compound fracture of his middle finger, according to a report filed by Detective Jon Stuart of the Port Townsend Police Department.

Anna Young, 59, was booked into jail on Tuesday afternoon for investigation of first-degree assault with great bodily harm and the use of a deadly weapon with domestic violence, and interfering with reporting domestic violence, according to court documents. She was being held on $100,000 bail.

The Port Townsend Police Department officers and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at about 5 a.m. after neighbors in the 1900 block of 14th Street in Port Townsend reported the man was outside ringing the doorbell, injured and holding a hammer, sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Anglin said.

The man, who is not identified because next-of-kin had not been notified Tuesday afternoon, drove himself to Jefferson Healthcare hospital in Port Townsend, Stuart’s report said. The man’s age also was not available.

Before he was airlifted, he was in stable condition and able to talk to investigators, Anglin said.

At about 4:30 p.m., he was listed in satisfactory condition, according to a Harborview spokesperson.

He had told investigators that Young had reportedly awakened him early Tuesday morning, saying he was in a dream of hers and then attacked him with the blunt end of a hatchet that was in the bedroom, according to the report.

He remembered only that Young said he was in her dream, but not what occurred in the dream, as she attacked him in the head with the hatchet, the report said.

He fled the bedroom and tried to call 9-1-1, but he said Young would not allow him to reach a phone and struck him with the ax, the report said.

Eventually, the man ran into the kitchen, where he grabbed a cast iron skillet and struck Young in the head before he fled into the garage, grabbed a hammer and ran to a neighbor’s house, the report said.

Officers went to the house but found that Young and her car were gone and the house was empty, Anglin said.

They obtained a search warrant and found the hatchet in the house, he said.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Young, and she was later taken into custody Tuesday and treated for minor injuries at Jefferson Healthcare before she was booked, Anglin said.

The pair have been married for two years and live together, Anglin said.


Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]

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