Man stabbed by ex-girlfriend he allegedly tried to drown

Mill Creek police found the woman injured and soaking wet. She had nearly been killed, she said.

MILL CREEK — A man is being investigated for attempted murder after he allegedly tried last Saturday to drown his ex-girlfriend — and stopped when she stabbed him in self-defense.

Mill Creek police responded around 4:30 a.m. to reports of an assault with a weapon in the 3400 block of 132nd Street Southeast. They arrived at a Shell gas station and found a woman soaking wet, bleeding from two of her fingers, and with black eye and a swollen cheek.

She reported that her ex-boyfriend, 39, who is homeless, tried to kill her.

According to the woman, she went to the man’s shelter to talk, a few blocks from the gas station. When she tried to leave, he wouldn’t let her, according to her account. He allegedly tackled her and tried to drown her in a puddle. She said she fought back, then he choked her. The woman told police she thought she was going to die. She said she used a knife that she had found in his tent to stab him under the left arm.

He reportedly struck her in the face. He tried grabbing the knife, but she held on tight, to the point that she cut herself, she told police. He ran off.

Police found the man nearby in a field, near a makeshift shelter. He was crawling and could barely move. He told officers he couldn’t breathe. The officers treated his injuries.

In his account to the police, the woman got angry over scratch tickets and stabbed him. When officers brought up the woman’s version of events, the man declined to talk further.

An officer noted in his report that the suspect needed extensive medical attention for his injuries, which would likely take several days. The man was booked Wednesday into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of attempted second-degree murder and unlawful imprisonment. A judge set his bail to $250,000.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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