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Woman stabbed in Central District, suspect arrested

On June 13th, at approximately 4:20 AM, 911 received several calls of a woman screaming that she had been stabbed in the courtyard of an apartment building in the 1600 Block of 19th Avenue.  East Precinct officers responded immediately.  Upon arrival, they located clothing strewn about, a kitchen knife, and a trail of blood, but no victim.   Officers also located a black male attempting to hide in the bushes in the courtyard.  The suspect fled up the fire escape and appeared to enter a fourth floor apartment.  Officers began searching the apartment building but did not find the suspect.  As officers were searching, the suspect was stopped attempting to enter the building’s garage.  Officers noticed blood on the passenger seat of the car.  While being detained, the suspect admitted to knowing about the disturbance.  The suspect identified the victim as an ex-girlfriend.  Officers checked her apartment but did not locate the victim inside.

After being advised of his rights, the suspect told officers that another man had stabbed the woman in the arm and that she had then called him for assistance.  The suspect stated that he picked her up and drove her to the hospital, where she refused to be treated.  He then told officers that he drove her to his grandmother’s house in West Seattle.  Officers were able to confirm that the victim was not at that location.  The suspect finally admitted to officers that the victim was at him mother’s house,  in the Central District.  Officers located the victim at that location.  The victim told officers that the suspect was the one who stabbed her.

The victim had lacerations and bruising to her face and body, as well as the stab wound.  Her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.  She was transported to the hospital for treatment.  The 23 year old suspect was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.