At the end of May, my husband, Ben, left ahead of me and our children to begin laying the groundwork for a business in Nebraska. We had been waiting for this moment for seven very long years. He worked so hard to get our family to this point and I am so very proud of him.
However, on June 21st I was physically assaulted multiple times, by someone living in my home, resulting in injuries and extensive property damage.
After I refused to take him to an appointment, he slammed me into a wall, shoved me into a corner, and then he put his arm against my throat and punched me multiple times. As he retreated to the garage, I tried to shut the door behind him. I was unable to lock it and injured my shoulder while trying to prevent him from opening it. He managed to get the door open and began hitting me with a boat oar while I was trying to keep the door between myself and my children, and him. He was able to hit my hands, wrists and arms with the blade of the oar. He then went back to the garage, grabbed a fire extinguisher and began hitting the windshield of my van. I attempted to run out there to stop him, but fell onto the concrete floor due to dizziness from my earlier injuries.
He struck the windshield twice and one of the side windows, which shattered. I screamed at him and he came over and sprayed me in the face, forcing me to breathe in and swallow the powdered fire retardant. He then returned to the van emptying the remaining chemicals into it. Walking past me, he took the metal water key off the wall and smashed the remaining windows. He was hitting the car so hard that the metal water key bent.
At this time, our neighbors were coming outside. One attempted to approach him, to stop him, but he threw the water key at them. He then turned to our glass recycling bin and threw glass bottles at the neighbors. He turned to me again, throwing three bottles at me. They all hit the concrete, shattering and cutting my arms and legs.
Our neighbors tried to help, but could only distract him until the police arrived, when he took off running. Once it was safe, they helped me as I coughed and vomited chemicals. They found and took care of my children until a family friend could arrive. I am so proud of my nine year old son who locked himself and my three year old daughter in their room to help keep them safe.
I wish this is where it ended. After getting someone to come out and look at my van, we received an estimate of over $18,100. However, due to Washington State law, when anyone living with you, intentionally destroys your property, insurance will NOT COVER IT. I tried multiple times to get this appealed, and even sought a lawyer, but nothing can be done. Not only have I been victimized by someone I love, the state is punishing me financially for this crime. I am still waiting to find out how much my medical treatment will cost.
Additionally, after all the dust settled from this, I discovered that he had stolen over $1,700 cash from our moving fund and went on a spending spree. Charges have been filed but none of these costs can be recovered at this time, and may never be paid in full. All we are looking for is to help to afford our bills while we recover.