Man accused of attacking woman during attempted burglary

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Ridgefield man with a history of mental health problems is accused of attempting to break into a Brush Prairie home Wednesday and attacking a 71-year-old woman who lives there.

Dawnavon S. Stone, aka Dawn Lyons, 38, of Ridgefield appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on the allegations. Judge Scott Collier held him in jail on $300,000 bail. He faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault at his Oct. 17 arraignment. Collier appointed Vancouver attorney Ed Dunkerly to defend him.

Stone is accused of attempting to kick down the victim’s door Wednesday at her home in the 11400 block of Northeast 212th Avenue. The victim told Clark County sheriff’s deputies that she heard “knocking” at her front door, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. She looked outside and saw Stone walk past the house’s front windows and toward the garage, the affidavit says. Stone and the victim don’t know each other.

The victim stepped outside, apparently to find out what he wanted. That’s when Stone attacked her, grabbing her right arm and stabbing her left hand with metal surgical clamps, according to the affidavit. She said he threw her to the ground, injuring her left knee. She attempted to get away, but he seized her and started dragging her down the driveway away from her home as she struggled and screamed, the affidavit says.

‘I lost control’

Stone later told deputies that he attempted to break into the victim’s home to hide from his uncle, court documents say.

“ ‘I lost control,’ ” he said, according to the affidavit.

He also confessed to kidnapping the victim because he thought she could protect him, the affidavit says.

Stone has an extensive criminal history dating back to the 1980s. His previous convictions include burglaries, taking a motor vehicle, theft and malicious mischief. Court records indicate he also has a history of mental health problems, including schizophrenia.

After an arrest in November 2002 on suspicion of stealing a firearm from a downtown Vancouver pawn shop, Stone was committed to Western State Hospital twice for treatment. Then Judge John Wulle dismissed the charges in August 2003 because Stone remained incompetent to stand trial. Wulle ordered that Stone be transported back to Western State to allow civil commitment proceedings to begin.

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