Chad Wheeler. COURTESY PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks

Chad Wheeler. COURTESY PHOTO, Seattle Seahawks

Ex-Seahawk Wheeler accused of attacking girlfriend in Kent apartment

Lineman charged with first-degree domestic violence assault

Chad Wheeler, a former Seattle Seahawks reserve tackle, faces several charges after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and resisted arrest Jan. 22 in their Kent apartment.

King County prosecutors charged Wheeler, 27, on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest, according to court documents.

After the arrest of Wheeler, the Seahawks announced Jan. 27 that they would not be re-signing the tackle, who is a free agent.

“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence arrest,” according to the statement. “Our thoughts and support are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team.”

Wheeler had his first court appearance on Monday, Jan. 25 when the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office asked a judge to hold him on $500,000 bail. The judge set bail at $400,000.

Wheeler posted bail and was released the morning of Jan. 26, according to county jail records. He was booked into jail at 1:19 a.m. on Jan. 23.

With the filing of charges, prosecutors asked a judge require Wheeler be placed on electronic home detention, and that his ankle monitoring device be equipped with GPS monitoring, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. That request is expected to be addressed at Wheeler’s next court appearance. He is scheduled to appear Feb. 1 in the GA courtroom of the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent for an arraignment where he is expected to enter a plea.

According to court documents, Wheeler reportedly attacked his girlfriend at about 9:46 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 in their Kent apartment at the Berkeley Heights Apartments, 22804 90th Way S., that they have shared since November. Officers responded to multiple 911 calls, including one from Wheeler’s girlfriend who reported that she was being “killed.”

Officers arrived at the apartment and heard screaming from inside. Officers forced their way into the apartment and saw a pool of blood on a bed comforter adjacent to a bathroom, where they found Wheeler and the girlfriend. Her face was covered in blood and her left arm limp at her side.

Wheeler was standing behind her and said, “Sorry, I don’t beat women,” as officers tried to detain him. Wheeler, who is 6 feet 7 inches and weighs 310 pounds, battled with officers to stop them from handcuffing him, according to court documents. He fought off three officers in the bathroom and was only detained after officers used hand strikes and fired Tasers at him.

Paramedics transported the woman to Valley Medical Center in Renton. She suffered a fractured left arm and dislocated elbow. She had experienced chest pain and had difficulty breathing. She also had a swollen face.

“During this incident, the defendant viciously attacked the victim in her bedroom strangling her at times with both hands,” wrote Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jason Brookhyser in charging documents. “At one point, the defendant forced his fingers into the victim’s mouth and down her throat, and then crushed his hand down over her nose and mouth; all while continuing to squeeze her throat with his other hand. The strangulation continued until the victim lost consciousness.”

The girlfriend locked herself in the bathroom after she regained consciousness and sent text messages to friends and family asking that they call 911, not wanting to make any voice calls herself for fear of Wheeler hearing. When she tried to flee out of the second door to the bathroom, Wheeler met her at the door. Officers then arrived and heard the woman screaming.

The girlfriend told police she believed Wheeler suffered from bi-polar disorder and had not been taking his medication.

Protection orders

If you know someone who needs a protection order, those can now be filed remotely in King County. Additional information is available at: http://protectionorder.org/.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Stock photo
State AG Ferguson leads effort supporting local journalism

Federal legislation offers tax credits to subscribers, businesses and news organizations

C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip (courtesy of United States Military)
King County councilmember proposes program to aid transition of Afghan interpreters who served the U.S. overseas

Program would provide job training and learning opportunities for Afghan interpreters and advisors.

Vaccinations taking place. File photo
Inslee: No ‘massive disruptions’ as worker vax rates hit 90%

A surge in vaccinations has eased concern about service slowdowns ahead of a Monday deadline.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (file photo)
Lambert removed from King County Council leadership roles

Lambert received backlash after her campaign used flyers that depicted her opponent as a puppet.

Union members picket in front of new Facebook campus in Redmond on Sept. 16 (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
Northwest Carpenters Union members vote to accept contract with AGC

The agreement comes after weeks of striking.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (file photo)
After doubling down on “racist” flyer, Lambert publicly apologizes

Apology encouraged by King County Council colleagues.

Pixabay image
School psychologist among three charged with immoral communication with a minor

Redmond detectives conducted an online predator sting using fake profiles.

Courtesy of King County Police Officers Guild
Office lacks power over King County law enforcement in misconduct investigations

Director Tamer Abouzeid presents OLEO annual report to law and justice committee on Tuesday.

Photos of drug bust and Fury the K9 unit (courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)
King County Sheriff’s Office confiscates over $1 million worth of deadly fentanyl during drug bust

With help from a search dog, officers found 97,000 fentanyl pills and eight pounds of heroin.

Most Read