HOQUIAM, Wash. – Police Chief Jeff Meyers says, in hindsight, his men could have asked other questions, had they known more about an Aberdeen man who reportedly assaulted an elderly Humptulips couple. Court records allege that the man told friends that he had killed two demons and stolen their truck. Hoquiam officers transported 31 year old John Frances Chase to Community Hospital before he spent the night in the Crisis Center. Chase was arrested Saturday when that truck was traced back to an elderly couple left for dead at their home in Humptulips. Meyers said yesterday that Chase was behaving erratically Friday night when officers were called, and that no mention was made Friday night about killing demons or stealing trucks. Hoquiam has forwarded their reports to investigators at the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department as part of the ongoing homicide investigation.
A man in custody for the investigation of a Humptulips homicide reportedly told friends that demons were chasing him. Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott tells us 31 year old John Frances Chase told friends Friday night that he had killed two of those demons, and stolen their truck. Scott tells us Chase reportedly killed 80 year old Ralph Aldrich with a crossbow before assaulting his wife June with a hatchet.
Chase then drove the couple’s truck into Hoquiam where his friend contacted Hoquiam Police who transported Chase to Community Hospital for a mental evaluation. he was released, and spent Friday night in the Crisis Clinic. The following morning his friend traced the truck to the Humptulips home and found Ralph Aldrich dead, his wife critically wounded.
June Aldrich remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center Monday night.
Investigators confirmed Chase had originally told friends he killed three demons, but Scott said no other evidence was found to indicate a third victim.