BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Police have arrested a 16-year-old Bellingham boy, accused of severely beating a 44-year-old woman while high on marijuana and mushrooms.
The incident started early Saturday morning at the Haggen grocery store on Woburn Street.
Police say the teen came into the store with no shorts and shoes on and began yelling. He left before officers arrived at the store, but while officers were there, they received a call about an assault that just happened.
Officers arrived at 3100 block of St. Clair and found the 44-year-old woman who had been severely beaten.
The woman told police she had heard banging and yelling at her front door. When she opened the door, the teen pushed his way into her home and started going to the second floor, where the woman's child was.
The woman tried to stop the teen, but the teen hit her in the face and banged her head repeatedly on the floor, said police. At one point he put something around her neck and choked her until she was unconscious. When the woman came to, the teen was gone.
Police searched the area and found a pair of pants with the teen's wallet inside. Officers went to his home and found the boy sleeping in his bed, covered in blood. The teen told police he had been high on marijuana and mushrooms, and thought he had killed the woman he attacked.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was expected to be released from the hospital Monday.
The teen was arrested for Attempted Murder and Burglary in the 1st degree. He was being held at the Whatcom County Juvenile Detention.