A young mother who had been living in a domestic violence shelter until recently reported Wednesday that her estranged husband forced his way into her apartment and threatened to return with a gun.
Crystal G. Eldridge, of 207 Rummer Road, Apt. A., told police the threats were of great concern because Zachariah W. LaDeaux, 22, had commented in the past he would shoot their child.
Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said officers who responded to the call found evidence of forced entry at the apartment, but LaDeaux had left the scene. The intrusion was reported at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday.
According to officers, Eldridge said LaDeaux did not assault her, but he threatened harm if she did not agree to meet him later.
Officers said Eldridge moved away from LaDeaux after he assaulted her last fall. LaDeaux was convicted Dec. 12 of domestic violence in Marietta Municipal Court.
Eldridge did not request a temporary protection order in that case, but requested protection Wednesday for herself and 3-week-old child.
According to a statement of facts filed by Deputy Salvatore Travaglio, Eldridge received several text messages from LaDeaux Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday morning, she heard a loud bang and LaDeaux entered her bedroom, the statement says. The officer said Eldridge was able to convince LaDeaux to leave by agreeing to meet with him later.
"(She) stated that Zach told her that if she did not meet him he was going to return to her residence with a shotgun," the statement says.
Officers said they found LaDeaux at his residence at 111 Victory Place, where he was taken into custody. Officers said LaDeaux resisted arrest and was shot with a Taser.
Officers said LaDeaux was found to be in possession of Vicodin pills, for which he has no prescription.
LaDeaux is charged with second-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, resisting arrest and possession of drugs. He is being held without bond in the Washington County Jail pending an arraignment today in Marietta Municipal Court.