A 28-year-old Connell man is in jail on $50,000 bail for allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend with an 8-inch knife and cutting up her clothes.
Alfredo Chavez is being held in the Franklin County jail for investigation of two counts of second-degree assault and felony harassment, all with domestic violence allegations.
He made an initial appearance Tuesday in Superior Court. If charged, he will be back in court June 5.
According to court documents, Pasco police were called at 7:40 a.m. Saturday to 820 N. First Ave., after Chavez's former girlfriend called 911 from a neighbor's apartment.
The 21-year-old woman said she got into a fight with Chavez the night before at a dance club.
She stayed at a friend's house that night, but when she returned to her apartment the next day he had let himself in with a key and was waiting for her, documents said.
When she walked in, Chavez reportedly grabbed her by her hair and pulled her inside. He grabbed a large kitchen then and poked himself with it while saying he was going to kill himself, documents said.
He then allegedly grabbed her by the arms and threw her to the floor at the base of the bed, holding his hand against her nose and mouth, preventing her from breathing.
The victim said she was very scared because she could not breathe, documents said.
Chavez then reportedly put the knife against her face and throat. The victim said she thought he was going to cut her throat, documents said.
Chavez apparently then cut her clothes, sprayed hot sauce around the apartment and destroyed several items for at least an hour.
The victim managed to run out of the apartment to a neighbor's place to call police.
Officers said they saw a bruise on the victim's nose from the knife and two red lines on her throat, documents said. The apartment also was trashed, with hot sauce on the walls, floors and bedding, and cut up clothes everywhere, documents said.
An 8-inch kitchen knife was found on top of a lower roof, directly under the victim's balcony.
About four hours later, Chavez called police and turned himself in.