Ethel Man Accused of Threatening Woman After Leaving Court-Ordered Drug Treatment

By The Chronicle

An Ethel man who absconded from a drug treatment center he was sentenced to attend due to three 2017 felony convictions has now been charged with threatening to kill a woman.

Dakota S. Deuel, 21, was charged Monday with harassment, threat to kill.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Masiello asked for $100,000 bail, citing the allegations and Deuel’s criminal history, which includes 10 prior felony convictions, three of which were from 2017.

For those three convictions, Deuel was sentenced in early January to 24 months under the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, meaning he would get drug addiction treatment in lieu of prison time.

However, Masiello said Monday that Deuel absconded from a treatment facility shortly into his sentence and was on the run at the time of this offense. He had three active warrants at the time of his arrest.

Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee imposed $100,000 bail and set Deuel’s next hearing for Feb. 1.

According to court documents, Chehalis police responded at 9:35 a.m. Sunday to the 600 block of Northwest Middle Street after getting a report that a man, later identified as Deuel, was making threats to shoot a woman.

One witness reported Deuel pointed a handgun at the woman and said he would killer her. Other witnesses said they didn’t see a gun. He allegedly continued to text the woman, threatening to kill her.

Deuel was reportedly in the victim’s house when police arrived. He came out of the house at the request of police and denied having a gun. Police did not find a gun in his vehicle.