Port Townsend man faces 17 amended charges

Prosecutors say man had knives, bat, gun, sword

PORT TOWNSEND — A Port Townsend man is facing more than a dozen charges related to domestic violence after prosecutors submitted amended information.

Christopher Owen Reeves, 32, previously was charged in Jefferson County Superior Court with attempted first-degree arson and felony harassment with threats to kill his wife following a September incident.

The amended charges include 17 total counts that range from second-degree assault with a deadly weapon to second-degree suffocation, according to court documents.

The papers were filed Oct. 4, and Reeves was arraigned on the amended charges Friday. He entered pleas of not guilty.

Reeves remained at the Jefferson County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $50,500 bail.

Prosecutors identified three different dates in which they say Reeves attacked or threatened to kill his wife, according to charging papers. They included July 19, Sept. 9 and Sept. 15.

Separate second-degree assault charges were filed with deadly weapon enhancements for a chair and a steak knife, and two charges were filed for second-degree suffocation, court documents said.

The records said Reeves also was charged with second-degree assault with substantial bodily harm.

Harassment charges include both threats to injure and threats to kill, and four charges specify the unlawful carrying or handling of steak knives, a baseball bat, a gun and a sword.

Six of the charges are Class B felonies, each punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. The others are lesser charges.

Port Townsend police were called to a home in the 700 block of Tyler Street just after 7 a.m. Sept. 15 and found a parked car on the street with extensive damage to the driver’s side fenders and doors, court documents state.

A woman reported Reeves had been drinking and became angry with her. She told police Reeves threw furniture and knives around the house.

She told police she refused to give him keys to the car because his license is suspended and he was drunk. In response, the woman said Reeves took a baseball bat and smashed the windows and side of the car, then left on foot.

Court documents state the woman was afraid for her life because Reeves “told her he was going to take her out to the coast and make her disappear.”

She later provided a written statement to police that stated Reeves “threatened to take her out in the street and smash her head in.”

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy located Reeves in downtown Port Townsend while the officer was conducting an investigation at the house and placed Reeves into custody.

Reeves reportedly denied the altercation, and he claimed the woman was responsible for the damage.

Reeves had a 0.191 blood-alcohol content — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 — when the responding officer conducted a preliminary breath test, according to court documents.

The woman also provided a preliminary breath test, which indicated there was no alcohol in her system, documents stated.


Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at bmclean@peninsuladailynews.com.