Walla Walla man in custody after woman attacked

Patrick M. Walmsley was arrested after a Sunday morning break-in and assault.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man is in jailed after allegedly assaulting a woman with a baseball bat Sunday.

Patrick M. Walmsley, 40, is being held on suspicion of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, as well as third-degree malicious mischief.

In a document presented in Walla Walla County Superior Court this morning, police said Walmsley, of 37 Imperial St., came through the bedroom window of an apartment at 410 Chase Ave.

When the tenant, Rachel Scott, got up to investigate the noise, she was struck in the face with a baseball bat wielded by Walmsley. Paramedics were not called to the scene, but Scott reported being hit on the lips, resulting in cutting and tearing of her mouth, noted Tim Bennett, public information officer for the Police Department.

Walmsley continued to swing the bat around, also breaking out a large living room window while Scott was calling 911 at 1:04 a.m., the document said.

A neighbor told police he saw Walmsley break the window and approached him. Walmsley came toward the man in a menacing manner with the bat, but complied when the neighbor told him to drop it. The man also called police and officers found Walmsley lying on the ground upon arrival.

The wooden bat was found to have cut marks on the barrel, indicating it has been struck against glass, the report noted.

Police discovered the screen on Scott's window, which faces the apartment building's parking lot, was cut or torn. Scott reported she had been leaving the window partly open at night.

Scott told officers that she and Walmsley have been friends since childhood and that he was pressing her to begin a dating relationship with him. He reportedly had visited her home for a few days to discuss the matter before the incident. Walmsley had left a message indicating distress about the situation on her phone on Saturday, she said.

Bail for Walmsley was set at $25,000.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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