DEMING - A Bellingham man has been charged with shoving, punching and kicking his mother and a neighbor who tried help her.
The neighbor heard someone screaming from a porch at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the 800 block of Timberlake Way. She stepped outside to see Adam R. Christie, 29, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 300 pounds, kicking his mother on the ground, according to charges filed last week. Christie's mother told the neighbor to call police.
According to prosecutors, Christie walked across the street and said, "So you're going to call the police, are you?" The woman was shoved down and kicked.
Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth Gallery noted the neighbor weighs 120 pounds; Christie's mother is about the same size.
Sheriff's deputies arrived to find Christie had fled the scene. The neighbor was trembling, with torn skin on her knuckles and pain in her arm, shoulder and wrist. Christie's mother was crying and walking with a limp. She had bruises on her face and hands. Inside her home, doors had been pulled off hinges, holes were punched in walls and lamps were shattered.
In the meantime, Christie drove to Skagit County. His car got stuck in mud in the 2000 block of Dike Road, so he borrowed a nearby resident's vehicles - without asking - to try to get his own car out, according to the Skagit County Sheriff's Office.
He couldn't do it himself, said Chief Deputy Don McDermott. But the homeowner eventually showed up and, figuring a relative must have moved his trucks, offered to help Christie.
He moved him along, then discovered what had really happened, McDermott said.
Christie was arrested Nov. 15 in Whatcom County. He's accused of second-degree domestic violence assault, fourth-degree assault and second-degree malicious mischief. The vehicle prowling case is being tried in Skagit County.