Seattle man wanted for domestic violence, animal cruelty appears in court

A man wanted for domestic violence and animal cruelty out of Seattle appeared in court on Nov. 2.

24-year-old Zach Grayson showed up in court with a dozen family members to support him. He was remanded and booked into jail on the $250,000 bail, despite arguments by his attorney. He has still refused to speak with detectives.

According to police, back in August, Grayson went to the Rainier Beach home of a woman he had previously been in a relationship with. He then held her in her home for three days, using physical force to keep her there, police said. 

The victim was eventually able to talk her way out and get out of the home. When she returned to the home a few hours later, Grayson beheaded a pet lizard named "My Friend" belonging to the victim's young child and hung it from the ceiling, police say. 

Police say Grayson wrote "I love you" on the table with the pet's blood. The child found his pet splayed in the gruesome manner. 

According to court documents, he has previously put a gun in the woman's mouth and threatened her, and also threatened to kill the child. 

He was wanted on charges of unlawful imprisonment, domestic violence, first-degree animal cruelty and third-degree malicious mischief. 

Domestic violence takes place in our nation every minute of every day, occurring every 15 seconds. If you or someone you know is in need of help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or visit

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