Walla Walla man charged in assault

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WALLA WALLA -- A man has been formally charged with beating his girlfriend, and threatening to stab and kill her and two other people during a disturbance Wednesday night at an apartment on Sumach Street.

Joseph A. Davis, 21, was charged Thursday afternoon in Superior Court with three counts of first-degree assault, in addition to one count each of intimidating a public servant and intimidating a witness.

Police said Davis punched and hit his girlfriend, Shelly Yeley, in the head, neck, ribs, back and shoulder following a verbal argument between the two at 309 E. Sumach St., No. 3. Davis also allegedly displayed an open lock-blade knife and threatened to stab and kill Yeley.

In addition, he 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 a police report filed in court.

Officers arrested Davis -- who was intoxicated -- at 9:40 p.m. after arriving at the scene. Shelly Yeley was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The police report says Davis told an officer who took him to jail that he would find out where the officer and his family lives. Davis also allegedly told Long he needs to watch what he says.

Bail for Davis was set at $100,000.

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

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