Battle Ground man accused of attacking camper who allegedly got dog feces on him

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A Battle Ground man is facing assault charges for allegedly punching a fellow camper who “got dog (feces) on his shirt” at the Mossyrock Park Campground on July 4.

The victim reported he and his wife had been walking their dogs at the campsite when dogs from another campsite ran out and approached their dogs.

The couple reportedly asked the people at the campsite to control their dogs. One of the campers, later identified as Thomas E. Marlin, allegedly approached the victim and his wife and began calling them names.

Marlin allegedly “bumped his forehead into (the victim’s), at which point (the victim)” — who was holding a bag of dog feces in one hand — “shoved him away,” according to court documents.

“Mr. Marlin got mad because some of the dog feces got on his shirt. Mr. Marlin then punched (the victim) in the side of the head,” according to court documents.

Upon arrival, deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office observed the victim had “blood running down the left side of his neck from his ear” caused by “a considerable tear” in his earlobe.

A deputy noted “it appeared to be a disfiguring injury,” according to court documents.

When questioned by deputies, Marlin stated he punched the victim in self defense after the victim “got dog (feces) on his shirt,” according to court documents.

Marlin was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail on July 4 but paid $10,000 bail and was released on July 5. He was in court for a preliminary appearance on a second-degree assault charge on July 6.

Defense attorney Rachael Tiller stated Marlin disagreed with the allegations and the recollection of the incident reported in the affidavit of probable cause.

“I know that he expressed great frustration after reviewing the probable cause,” said Tiller.

Because Marlin had already paid bail and had subsequently shown up for his scheduled court hearing, Judge Joely O’Rourke allowed him to remain released on the $10,000 bail amount that was set over the holiday weekend.

His next court appearance is an arraignment hearing scheduled for July 15.

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