Oak Harbor man allegedly prevented woman from calling 911

A 39-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing charges for allegedly violating a court’s no-contact order by assaulting his ex-girlfriend and preventing her from calling 911, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged Archie R. Francisco in Island County Superior Court Jan. 4 with violation of a court order while armed with a deadly weapon, fourth-degree assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. All were charged as domestic-violence-related crimes.

Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call on Dec. 29 and found a woman who was crying inconsolably.

The woman explained that her ex-boyfriend, Francisco, showed up at the home in violation of a court order prohibiting him from contacting her, according to Sgt. David Dennis’ report on the incident. She said she let Francisco inside to talk, but then he became upset because another man was in the house.

Francisco twice took the woman’s phone from her as she tried to call police. At one point he grabbed a large knife in the kitchen and looked at her, saying “I have nothing to lose,” according the report.

He allegedly threw her to the ground, got on top of her and put his hands around her throat, the report states. The woman’s child tried to stop him, but he pushed her away.

The woman told the deputy that she moved from Seattle three years ago to get away from Francisco, but he followed. She got a domestic-violence no-contact order against him last fall. She said he continued to call and text her and would show up at her door with no warning, the deputy wrote.

Francisco was later arrested after he was pulled over on Crosby Road. A “replica 9mm Beretta” BB gun was found in his car.

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