Toppenish man charged in assault

— A Toppenish man is accused of brandishing a knife during an assault last week.

Alexander S. Azure, 29, appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday on charges of second-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and felony harassment, records show.

Police arrested him Friday after being called to a dispute in the 400 block of North Fifth Avenue, a probable cause document shows.

Azure became angry while helping his ex-girlfriend remodel a house for her and the one-year-old child they have together, records show.

He then allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened her cousin, records show. Azure swung the knife at him in a stabbing motion.

Azure then held a knife a few inches from his ex-girlfriend’s chest when she tried to intervene, records show. He told her to get out of the way.

Azure reportedly chased after her cousin when he ran to a bedroom and locked the door, records show. His ex-girlfriend called 911 when Azure then picked up a hammer.

Later, Azure told police he felt threatened by the cousin and pulled out a knife, records show. He denied swinging the knife and holding it to the ex-girlfriend’s chest.

Azure also alleged the cousin picked up a large crowbar and acted like he was going to swing it.


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