Request for child support may have prompted attack

EVERETT — A Lynnwood man accused of slashing his ex-girlfriend in the neck may have been upset that she requested support for their 8-month-old child, according to a police affidavit filed Friday.

Yonathan A. Carreno Duarte surrendered Thursday evening after Everett police spent the day looking for him in connection with Wednesday’s knife attack. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree domestic violence assault. He is also being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Carreno Duarte was scheduled to make an appearance Friday afternoon in Everett District Court.

The woman, 20, is expected to recover from her injuries. She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she underwent emergency surgery.

Carreno Duarte, 28, and the woman have a child together, but recently broke up. The suspect reportedly asked to meet with the woman on Wednesday night. She reluctantly agreed, insisting that they talk in a public place.

They met outside a grocery store in the 1000 block of 75st Street SE. The woman had their child with her. She said she noticed that Carreno Duarte was wearing latex gloves. He said he was wearing them to keep his hands warm.

He asked to move their conversation to the north side of the grocery store, which wasn’t well-lit and partially obscured by a parked tractor-trailer, police wrote.

Carreno Duarte asked the woman about some child support papers she’d recently filed with the court. He wanted to know how much he was going to have to pay. She told him about $250.

He reportedly pulled a large knife and slashed the woman in the neck, according to the police affidavit. He continued to stab at her, cutting her neck and scalp. She brought her hands up to defend herself and was cut on the finger. The baby’s stroller was knocked to the ground during the attack. The child was not hurt.

The woman grabbed the child and ran into the store. Employees and customers called 911.

The suspect was seen driving off. Police on Thursday released a public safety bulletin asking for help in finding him. He surrendered about 8:30 p.m.

A knife believed to have been used in the attack was recovered.

The woman’s slashing was one of two violent incidents in Everett on Wednesday night. The other involved a machete cut to a man’s face, according to police.

Two brothers were fighting when a neighbor intervened. Police say the brothers turned on the man. One began hitting the neighbor with a baseball bat, according to police. He pulled a machete, cutting one of the brothers in the face.

No arrests were made in the machete incident and it is unclear whether charges will be filed. The machete-wielding man said he acted in self defense.

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