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Former Enumclaw City Councilman Glen Jensen charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment and reckless endangerment | Update

Former City Councilman Glen Jensen  - Courtesy photo
Former City Councilman Glen Jensen
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Update: According to the King County jail bookings event website, Glen Jensen was released at 1:26 today, Jan. 14, from the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Glen B. Jensen, who spent several terms on the Enumclaw City Council, found himself behind bars Saturday morning.

Police allege a domestic violence situation erupted between Jensen, 43, and his girlfriend late Friday night.

Jensen has been charged by the King County Prosecutor with second degree assault and unlawful imprisonment, both felonies. He was also charged with reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor.

He was initially held at the Enumclaw jail Saturday before being booked into the Regional Justice Center in Kent; he is to be arraigned Jan. 28.

Jensen was a council member until approximately two weeks ago. His most recent four-year term expired Dec. 31, 2013.

The state is requesting a bail of $150,000. Prior convictions include negligent driving in 2000 and minor in possession in 1987.

According to the prosecutor's charging documents, Jensen "violently assaulted the victim in her home, strangling and suffocating her." Jensen allegedly held the woman against her will for a couple of hours.

The document stated, "The victim was so scared that she ran out ... in the middle of the night. The defendant coaxed the victim back to her house. When the victim saw her bruised and bleeding face, she said that she wanted to go to the Emergency Room. The defendant offered to drive. However, once the victim was in the car, the defendant drove in a different direction, at extremely high rates of speed. The defendant refused to let the victim out of the car and she ultimately had to jump from the moving car to escape the defendant."

The Enumclaw Police Department probable cause report stated the couple got into a fight after coming home from a party.

The incident allegedly turned violent when Jensen grabbed the woman around the throat and, "strangled her which was consistent with the marks I saw on her neck, (he) then shoved her to the floor hitting the back of her head on the floor causing a lump and soreness. Jenson was on top of her, holding her down, and hit/punched her in the face. Jensen then grabbed a dog bed lying on the floor, put it over her face, and pushed down smothering (her)."

The police report stated the woman fought to free and herself and fled to the bathroom. Jensen busted the door down. He then locked the front and back doors, took the woman's house and car keys, personal and work cell phones and hid them. He would not allow her to call 911.

The reported stated after holding her hostage for about two hours, the woman escaped out the back door, "into the cold, rainy, and windy night. She was in fear for her life because she said he has never done anything like this before and was afraid of him. Jenson followed her as she ran down the alley and circled back around to her house. She was cold and agreed to go back into the house."

He told her to go to bed and all would be better in the morning. The woman said she wanted to go to the hospital for her injuries. Jensen told her, "the dog did it to her."

After she demanded to go to the hospital Jensen agreed to take her. As they were driving toward the hospital Jensen suddenly turned in the opposite direction and accelerated up to 80 mph. The woman told the police officer she thought he was going to take her up into the woods and kill her.

She fought to stop the truck and get out. The report stated Jensen hit her multiple times and yelled at her for trying to damage his truck. At one point, she tried to jump out when he slowed to make a turn and he pulled her back and hit her again.

Jensen headed east on state Route 410. The woman told the officer she was sure Jensen planned to kill her. She was able to step on the brake with one foot and kick the truck out of gear with the other. She then jumped out of the moving truck onto the road, went over a guardrail and down a steep embankment. Jensen looked for her briefly than fled the scene. The woman climbed back up the embankment and flagged a car down that drove her to the Enumclaw Police Department.

The reported stated Jensen fled to a storage business and hid in an upstairs apartment refusing to answers knocks at the door or answer the phone.

Police contacted him later in the morning and he was arrested without incident.

Jensen was a council member until approximately two weeks ago. His most recent four-year term expired Dec. 31, 2013.

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