Man arrested after woman stabbed at E Madison apartment

Police arrested a man who said he was the former boyfriend of a woman they found stabbed and beaten and transported just down E Madison from the apartment building where SPD believes the crime took place early Monday morning. According to the report on the incident, police responded to several 911 calls reporting a woman screaming she had been stabbed at the E Madison apartment building. When police arrived, they found clothing strewn about, a kitchen knife and a trail of blood but not the victim.

Officers located a man trying to hide in the bushes who then made a run for it and briefly got away. He was found a short time later trying to enter the building’s garage. Inside, officers found a car with blood on the passenger seat. The suspect claimed another man had stabbed the woman — who had still not been located at this time — and that he had driven her to help. The woman was eventually located at a family member’s Madison Valley home where medics responded and transported the woman to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The 23-year-old man was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault. Full report from SPD is below.

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.

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