Police: Accused rapist tampered with witness

An accused rapist may have his bail revoked after he allegedly tampered with a witness, court documents state.

Maurice Bandy, 49, of Freeland is accused of assaulting his 23-year-old girlfriend at a rural Oak Harbor home Feb. 2 because she was leaving him, a report by a detective with the Island County Sheriff’s Office states.

He struck her across the face with a piece of firewood and cut her arms with a knife, causing “substantial injuries,” a deputy’s report states.

Bandy restrained her in handcuffs against her will and sexually assaulted her, the report states. The woman said Bandy took her phone from her so she used a tablet to contact her parents for help after he passed out; she said he also threatened to shoot her and she feared for her life, according to court documents.

She sustained a severe concussion, a sprained neck and cuts.

Prosecutors charged Bandy in Island County Superior Court Feb. 6 with attempted rape in the first degree and assault in the second degree with sexual motivation. The crimes were charged as being domestic-violence related.

Bandy bailed out Feb. 8, court documents state.

In a separate case, Bandy is accused of violating a no-contact order and witness tampering by allegedly asking a different former girlfriend to contact the victim for him; the woman messaged the victim and asked her to communicate with Bandy through a fake Facebook page, the detective’s report states.

In a phone call from the jail, Bandy told a relative that to “beat the charge” they would have to separate the victim from her parents, the report states.

Bandy was taken into custody again last week. Prosecutors are asking the judge to revoke Bandy’s bail altogether.

Prosecutors will make a charging decision this week.

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