Two people have been arrested in connection with the assault and robbery of a Washington-based reality television personality.
Earlier this month, Jake Harris, 33, a cast member on the reality TV series “Deadliest Catch,” was robbed after leaving a casino near Everett and left unconscious on the side of the highway. Harris said he met the suspects and another woman at the casino the day before. The night of the attack, the man and the two women offered to drive Harris home. Initially, Harris was riding in the backseat of the SUV. When the group made a quick stop along the way, Harris got out to smoke a cigarette. When he tried to get back into the vehicle, the back door was locked, so he climbed into the front passenger seat. The man sat in the seat behind Harris. Once they were driving again, the man reached around and choked and beat Harris into unconsciousness.
A person commits robbery when he or she takes personal property from someone or uses threats or violence to take the property. The degree of force is immaterial.
Harris woke up on the side of Highway 526 without his wallet or the $2,400 in cash he was carrying. A passerby called police who found Harris suffering from head and neck injuries. Harris refused medical treatment, but after police dropped him off at his house, his girlfriend took him to an area hospital where he was admitted into the intensive care unit. Harris sustained a skull fracture, had brain swelling, broken blood vessels in his eyes and bruising from a ligature that his assailant apparently wrapped around his throat.
When they first met, the man and Harris exchanged telephone numbers. The number, along with social media profiles, were used to track down the suspects and arrest the 29-year-old man and the 30-year-old woman. Police said the second woman in the SUV was not involved in the attack and robbery.
The suspects in Harris' attack were charged with robbery in the second degree, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, or a $20,000 fine, or both. However, the robbery had elements that could constitute robbery in the first degree. To be found guilty of the more serious crime, a person has to be armed with a deadly weapon or displayed what appears to be a firearm or other deadly weapon; or inflict bodily harm; or rob a financial institution. Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony punishable by up to life in prison, or a $50,000 fine, or both.
The Harris family, including Jake and his brother Josh, were featured on the Discovery Channel show, “Deadliest Catch,” about fisherman in Alaska. In 2010, their father, Phil Harris, suffered a stroke and died during filming.
Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest, if you are facing criminal charges in Washington state, call the Seattle law office of Steve Karimi at (206) 621-8777 or contact him online.