Detectives say an Ocean Shores man convicted of assault and kidnapping charges will spend a lot of time in prison after a reluctant victim was convinced to testify.
Chief Criminal Deputy Brad Johansson with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the 47-year-old, Jarrod Airington was found guilty in a Grays Harbor County Superior Court trial of the following charges: Kidnapping 1st degree, Assault 2nd degree, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st degree.
The trial was the result of an investigation by the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Grays Harbor Drug Task Force
During the investigation they discovered the victim had been tied to a chair and punched, kicked, hit with a stick, stabbed with a knife and threatened with a firearm. Airington believed the victim had stolen drugs from him and was trying to get him to confess to stealing the drugs. When the search warrants were served, detectives found Airington in possession of methamphetamine and heroin that he was selling in the Grays Harbor area.
The Grays Harbor Prosecutor’s Office took the case to trial with witnesses and a victim who was reluctant to participate due to fear of retaliation. At the end of the trial it took the jury less than an hour to find Airington guilty of the charges.
Airington has been arrested on various assault, drug, and weapons-related charges over the years in the area, and Johansson says is now facing an extensive prison sentence due to his criminal history and the seriousness of the charges.