Yakima County

FILE — The Yakima County Courthouse, Nov. 3, 2016. 

Prosecutors have charged a Union Gap man with attempted second-degree murder, saying he cut the neck of an 80-year-old woman in her home Sunday.

Chandler Wallace Ford, 23, has also been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree assault after he also cut a Yakima police officer on the face, Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said Thursday.

Yakima police say Ford came in the back door of the home in the 900 block of South 53rd Avenue on Sunday morning, and cut the neck of one of the women living in the house with a box-cutting knife. The other woman went to a neighbor’s home for help, according to a police affidavit.

Officers found Ford in a back bedroom, and during a struggle with police he cut an officer on the side of his chin, the affidavit said.

Ford has prior convictions for third-degree theft and multiple counts of malicious mischief in Yakima County juvenile court. Yakima County Superior Court Judge David Elofson ordered Ford held in lieu of $500,000 bail and scheduled an arraignment for Sept. 9.

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