Man arrested after alleged assault, threats

Joseph A. Davis beat his girlfriend and threatened her and two others with death, police said.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly beating his girlfriend, and threatening to stab and kill her and two other people at an apartment on Sumach Street.

Joseph A. Davis, 21, was booked into the County Jail on investigation of three counts of first-degree assault. Bail was set at a Superior Court hearing this morning at $100,000.

Police responded to the residence at 309 E. Sumach, No. 3, about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an intoxicated man threatening the occupants with a knife. After officers arrived and restrained Davis -- who was reluctant to let them enter the apartment -- they found his girlfriend, Shelly Yeley, sitting on the couch hugging her waist and rib cage, according to a police report presented court.

Officials learned that Yeley had come home earlier and a verbal argument with Davis escalated into him punching and hitting her in the head, neck, ribs, back and shoulder, the police report says. Davis also allegedly displayed an open lock-blade knife and threatened to stab and kill Yeley.

At some point, he also held the knife to the chest of Yeley's sister, Yvonne Yeley, and threatened Chad Long, who tried to convince Davis to stop assaulting Shelly Yeley, according to the police report.

Shelly Yeley was transported by ambulance to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Davis also was booked on investigation of intimidating a public servant and intimidating a witness. The police report says Davis told an officer who took him to jail that "he will find out where he and his family lives." Davis also allegedly told Long "he needs to watch what he says, because he is going to get out of jail and he needs to watch out."

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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