Crime

Machete attack ‘wouldn’t matter because she is stupid’

The one thing they agree on is that they argued.

It started after he returned home from a night of playing pool. It ended with a machete frighteningly close to her neck.

A frantic 911 call early Monday brought Pierce County sheriff’s deputies to the Tacoma home where the couple has lived together for 30 years.

They found a 59-year-old man who repeatedly called his longtime girlfriend “dumb” and “over-medicated,” court records show.

His girlfriend claimed he sometimes gets too rough during disagreements.

On this particular night, he allegedly grabbed a machete from its place against a bedroom wall and swung it at her.

The man told his girlfriend “he could ‘cut her head off and it wouldn’t matter because she is stupid,’ ” according to charging papers.

Prosecutors charged the man Tuesday with first-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $20,000 bail.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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