Des Moines Man Charged with Arson, Felony Assault in Violent Domestic Violence

Yimis Noel Garcia-Rivera is being held on $200k bail for this violent assault and attempted murder.

Des Moines, WA: Evergreen Media Production in conjunction with Key News Network just obtained charging documents in a concerning domestic violence incident that occurred starting on December 1st and ending December 3rd in the city of Des Moines.

Through the charging documents we have learned that Yimis Noel Garcia-River is being held on a $200,000 bond and charged with Assault third degree, Arson fire degree-DV, and Harassment-DV. We warn you the information you are about to read is shocking and disturbing.

This case was investigated by Des Moines Police and the King County Sheriff's Office fire investigations unit

Charging Documents state:

On December 1st Yimis Noel Garcia-Rivera was in a domestic violence altercation with his significant other in which he struck her causing a black eyes and marks on her legs there were visible two days later. During that assault Garcia-Rivera threatened to cut off the victims appendages and at some point burned her with a lit cigarette.

That incident was not reported to the police.

On December 3rd Garcia-Rivera and the victim got into another altercation where Garcia-Rivera grabbed a knife and came at the victim. The victim, fearing he would use the knife to make good on his previous threat, locked herself in a bathroom inside their apartment.

In response to the victim seeking shelter, Garcia-Rivera intentionally lit multiple fires in front of the bathroom. Garcia-Rivera told the victim he was going to burn the entire apartment complex down.

Thankfully the fire alarm sounded and Garcia-Rivera knocked down the fire before it could grow.

After putting the fire out Garcia-Rivera kicked down the door to the bathroom in an attempt to get to the victim again.

The victim was able to flee and called 911 using a neighbor's phone.

Prosecutors are deeply concerned with the actions of Garcia-Rivera. They state Garcia-Rivera has no criminal history but his actions towards the victim over several days all of the occupants of the apartment complex by lighting the fire are both lethal and dangerous. They expressed concerns for both the safety of the community and the victim in particular.

Yimis Noel Garcia-Rivera is set to be arraigned on December 17th at the King County Regional Justice Center.

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