Port Townsend man charged with assaulting Orcas Island park ranger

  • Mon Oct 9th, 2017 1:30pm
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Richard R. Terry, 54, of Port Townsend, is charged with assault in the third degree, after allegedly punching a park ranger in the face. The incident occurred at Moran State Park on Orcas Island, where Terry was camping.

According to the San Juan County Sheriff’s report, a ranger reported that a male in a yellow tent located by the boat launch had punched him on the left side of his neck and face. Two witnesses were able to identify the perpetrator as Terry.

RCW 9A.36.031 states that a person is guilty of assault in the third degree in part when they have assaulted “a law enforcement officer or another employee of a law enforcement agency while that person is performing his or her official work duties at the time of the assault.” It is a Class C felony and can result in $10,000 worth of fines, or up to 5 years in prison if the subject has been prior convictions.

Terry has a prior criminal history, which includes assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest throughout Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Wyoming.

A hearing is scheduled in Superior Court on Oct. 20, at 9 a.m.