ALBION, Wash. -- A bizarre attack in Whitman County leaves a woman bruised and the words 'Do Not Resuscitate' carved into her chest. The victim hid the abuse for days. Now her friend explains why she helped keep the attack a secret.
Nathaniel Simon, 54, is behind bars. He is accused of strangling and cutting his girlfriend on Friday. Friends said the victim was so terrified she waited days to tell police about the abuse. Detectives said she was kept locked inside a trailer home for three days.
The victim's close friend, who did not want to be identified, was the first person to learn about the beating.
"I saw the bruises; she had a lot of bruises and complained about her neck. He had his hand on her neck," said the victim's friend.
Whitman County Sheriff's Deputies said Simon choked his girlfriend, punched her in the chest and dragged her around the house. They said he then allegedly smothered her using his body to hold her down. She passed out. The victim said she awoke with blood on her shirt and the words 'Do Not Resuscitate' carved into her chest.
The victim hid her scars for three days. She said Simon told her if she told anyone he would kill her and himself.
"The look in his eyes was to the point she felt she could be in danger," said the victim's friend.
The victim was treated and released from the hospital. Simon remains behind bars on a $500,000 bond.
Detectives said Simon used a sharp object to cut the victim. He is charged with assault, making death threats and unlawful imprisonment.