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Vancouver family in fear after random assault

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver family was looking for a new home Thursday night after a man allegedly assaulted and threatened to kill them.

Police arrested Anthony Elliot Wednesday for allegedly holding a woman against her will and then assaulting her neighbors when they tried to help her.

Deborah Mertens said it all started with a frantic call from her downstairs neighbor on the 2800 block of East 19th Street in Vancouver.

"She said: ‘Debbie, I need you. I need you and Roger and your brother-in-law down here. It's an emergency,'" Deborah Mertens said.

Inside the apartment, Anthony Elliot had allegedly ransacked the disabled woman's home and had choked her, according to Deborah Mertens.

"All I said was 'Get your bag and go,'" said Deborah's husband, Roger Mertens.

But the couple says as Elliot started to leave the apartment complex, he turned and violently attacked Roger, choking him and throwing him to the ground.

"I blacked out for like 10 seconds," Roger Mertens said.

"I really thought I was going to be shot. He kept reaching for his waistband and saying, ‘You're going to die,'" Roger Mertens said.

As Elliot continued walking away from the apartment, neighbors called 911.

Elliot is charged with two counts of assault II and unlawful imprisonment.

But the Mertens aren't so much worried about what he allegedly did – but what he said.

"He told me he's coming back," Roger Mertens said.

Elliot is held on $100,000 bail.

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