EVERETT, Washington – A man was treated at a Seattle hospital for stab wounds the day after he reportedly gave his girlfriend a fillet knife for Christmas. Detectives with the Everett Police Department’s Major Crimes unit believe the 18-year-old woman stabbed the man and slit his throat on the evening of December 26.
According to court papers, the man had an 11-inch gash across his throat that included a cut to his trachea. He was also reportedly stabbed in the chest as well as the hands.
According to Everett police, the 25-year-old victim walked into a grocery around 7:45 p.m., bleeding from his neck. He then collapsed onto the floor. Employees called 911 and when police arrived, they found a customer applying a piece of cloth to his neck.
Court papers stated that police found the suspect on scene as well, lying on the floor at the victim’s feet. She was covered in blood. She told police that the victim was her boyfriend and that they live together. According to the papers, the woman alleged that the man had repeatedly threatened her with violence, including one episode that occurred that night on the way home from a fishing trip. She reportedly told police that her boyfriend said he would “cut her up and throw her in the river.” According to the suspect, she acted out of fear when she unsheathed the knife and stabbed him.
The victim denied any such threats from his hospital bed. “He said he had no idea why she would do it,” police wrote in a report. “He said he did not make any threats to her. He said it happened in an instant.”
The woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree domestic violence assault. Her boyfriend was transferred to Harborview Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.