Lacey police arrested a man who has been accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.
Rodger Dale Helland, 44, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. Charges are expected to be filed by Wednesday on four domestic violence-related counts: first-degree burglary, second-degree assault (strangulation), second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon and felony harassment.
Judge Gary Tabor set bail at $50,000. Helland’s arraignment is scheduled for July 7.
Court documents give the following account:
On June 9, Helland entered his ex-girlfriend’s residence at Tolmie Cove Apartments on 32nd Avenue Northeast in Lacey, where he punched the woman repeatedly and choked her. The woman told police that Helland pulled out a “dark colored fixed-blade knife” and told her that he was going to stab her and let her watch herself bleed to death.
The woman said she got away and ran to a neighbor’s house to report the assault, and saw Helland leaving her apartment carrying some of her property. She told police that Helland was angry because she wouldn’t get back together with him.
Helland was arrested just after midnight Saturday at the Tolmie Cove Apartments, following a tip from someone who saw him.
At Monday’s court hearing, deputy prosecuting attorney Brandi Archer noted that Helland is under supervision by the state Department of Corrections. He also has six prior domestic violence offenses and a warrant out of Pierce County.