Sunnyside officer booked into jail on domestic violence charge

Sunnyside officer booked into jail on domestic violence charge

A Sunnyside police officer was booked into Yakima County jail over the weekend on suspicion of domestic violence.

Officer Anthony Russell is accused of pinning down a female victim during an argument, leaving her with bruises and rug burn.

The alleged victim made the accusation earlier this month.

She said Russell threatened her with his AR-15 rifle, although he did not point it at her. After that, he allegedly pulled out a knife, saying he was going to cut the victim from her throat down her body, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.

He was arrested based on those statements. His bail has been set at $250,000, according to jail records.

Deputies visited Russell’s Lower Valley home in January to investigate an open 911 call, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time, neither Russell nor his alleged victim would make a statement as to what happened, so deputies left.

This isn’t the first allegation the officer has faced in the past year.

He has been on paid administrative leave from work since October for an internal investigation of policy violations, according to the Sunnyside Police Department. The department did not give further details.