Woman assaulted and arrested. Sheriffs recommended exorcism.

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Woman assaulted and arrested. Sheriffs recommended exorcism.

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Robin Hylton started this petition to Governor Jay Inslee and

September 9, 2013, Barbara Panco, of Packwood, WA, was arrested for defending herself against a stalker whom she alleged had drugged, tortured and raped her months earlier. The man, Richard Armstrong at 240lbs, accosted her, at 100lbs, in the driveway of her home. He was not living there at the time and had been told months before to stay away. After telling him several times to leave, he became aggressive so, she knocked him down. He finally left. Shortly afterwards, she was arrested for assault by Lewis County Sheriffs Deputy Bob Nelson. The charges were dropped on November 13, 2013, in the “interest of justice”, upon review of the evidence shared with the Prosecutors office.

When Barbara and Richard had a shared living arrangement earlier in 2013, the Sheriffs, Sue Shannon and Kevin Anderson, were called to investigate an assault on her. They referred her to Freedom Encounters which teaches how to exorcise demons. During that time with Richard, Barbara suffered cuts, bruises and burns. According to Richard, these injuries were caused by demons.

Since that time, she repeatedly sought help from law enforcement. After the charges were dropped, her defense attorney, Christine Newbry, introduced her to Detective Douglas Lee with the city of Centralia, WA, to investigate, on November 27, 2013. Barbara was interviewed by Det. Lee with her Attorney and her Advocate, Robin Hylton, for three hours. The officer informed her on December 20, 2013 that his commander was unwilling to pursue the matter and was turning  the evidence over to the Sheriff’s department.

After several phone calls with the Sheriff’s department, she was interviewed by Deputy Brian Lauer on January 20, 2014 with her Advocate.  After the two hour interview, she declined to meet with the Deputy again alleging the interview was “more like an interrogation” and seemed to focus mostly on when she had contact with the Sheriff’s department and very little on the allegations of rape and torture. Barbara was asked on February 3, 2014 to meet with Deputy Brian Lauer again along with their advocate.

Two professional Advocacy groups in Lewis county, WA have been contacted for help to date; Human Response Network in Chehalis, WA and Community Action Counsel in Centralia. HRN offered to listen and share information while CAC representative, Steve Briggs made one missed call.

This story is being shared in hopes that someone will help Barbara in her quest for accountability.

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