Tumwater man accused of beating woman with hammer

Bail was set at $75,000 for a Tumwater man accused of assaulting his girlfriend with a hammer.

Kenneth Thomas Wilson, 53, was arrested about 1:35 a.m. Monday at the Falls Pointe Apartments on Lee Street in Tumwater. He appeared later Monday in Thurston County Superior Court and faces four domestic-violence-related charges: second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree assault by suffocation, unlawful imprisonment and felony harassment (threat to kill).

Arraignment is set for Nov. 24.

Court documents give the following account:

Wilson and the victim were lying in bed when he accused her of texting another man. The victim rolled over and did not speak to Wilson. He left the room and returned with a hammer, then started hitting her with it.

At one point, Wilson straddled the victim and put a pillow over her face, so that the victim could not breathe. While holding the pillow over her face, Wilson tapped her head with the hammer and said “I have to figure out what to do with you” and other statements that led the victim to believe he would kill her.

Wilson kept the victim in the bedroom for two to three hours and refused to let her leave. At one point he made her urinate in a garbage can. After Wilson fell asleep, the victim fled to a neighbor’s apartment.

Officers detained Wilson in the apartment. Wilson told police that the victim said something to upset him, so he went to the kitchen to get a hammer and went back to the bedroom, where he blacked out. He admitted he hit the victim at least once with the hammer, and told an officer that whatever the victim said was probably true.

The victim was transported to Capital Medical Center. Officers reported she had dried blood all over her head and face and bruises on her arms and hands.

Judge Anne Hirsch noted at Monday’s hearing that Wilson had “an extensive criminal history” dating back to the early 1990s that included domestic violence charges.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869, @andyhobbs