The CEO of Bellevue-based Hebert Research has been criminally charged with ramming a juvenile all-terrain vehicle rider with his truck and threatening the young man with an ax.
James D. Hebert, 63, pleaded not guilty earlier this month in Kittitas Superior Court to reckless endangerment and felony harassment charges for the alleged attack, which left a juvenile victim with a broken shoulder.
According to charging papers, the boy inadvertantly rode a four-wheel ATV onto Hebert’s wooded property on Ridgecrest Road near Ronald on July 28. The boy told police that Hebert came racing toward him head-on in a blue Ford Explorer.
The ATV driver, whose age was not revealed, turned and tried to escape but was struck from behind, according to charging papers. He was thrown from the ATV and broke his shoulder. Hebert reportedly got out of the vehicle and accused the boy of running into him. The charges allege Hebert got an ax out of the Explorer and “threatened to kill him and anyone else who came on his property.” Fearing for his life, the injured boy told investigators he climbed back onto the ATV and left.
Hebert told police a different story about what happened. But prosecutors say tire tracks, wreckage left behind and damage to Hebert’s vehicle corroborate the boy’s version of the encounter, according to court documents.
Hebert’s next hearing is April 1 and a trial for the case is scheduled for May 14.
Hebert’s 35-year-old Bellevue firm does market research for government agencies, non-profits, startups and Fortune 500 corporations, according to the company’s website.
Hebert is an executive-in-residence at the University of Washington – Bothell’s business school and also serves on its advisory board, according to the school’s website. The site also says he’s taught at both Seattle University and UW, where he was once given a distinguished lectureship award.
Attempts to contact Hebert Sunday were not successful.