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Seattle couple pleads not guilty to assaulting Renton Police officer
A Seattle man convicted of murder and his wife pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of second-degree assault involving an attack on an off-duty Renton police officer June 1.
Tony Lee Combs, 33, remains in the King County Jail in Kent on $175,000 bail. Nancy Walton Drahold, 31, was released on her personal recognizance after Monday's arraignment at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Their next court appearance is July 2.
They were charged in the assault of 37-year-old police officer, Randy Jensen, a 10-year veteran of the Renton force, who was trying to defuse a road-rage incident at the interchange of State Route 167 and Interstate 405 at about 1:30 p.m.
Jensen, northbound in his private vehicle on SR 167, witnessed a dispute after a white Mercedes merging onto SR 167 almost hit a Toyota Corolla on the road, according to charging documents.
The Mercedes, driven by Combs, stopped, blocking all traffic turning east onto Grady Way, including the Toyota. Combs and Drahold got out of their car and walked toward the Toyota. At the same time, Jensen got out of his car, displayed his badge and identified himself as a police officer.
According to charging documents, Jensen was assaulted by Combs and Drahold.
Jensen suffered facial lacerations, sore ribs and multiple contusions; he was treated at Valley Medical Center and released.