Woman claims self-defense in nearly fatal Lynnwood stabbing

The Seattle woman, 35, told officers a man threatened her, so she stabbed him, according to police.


LYNNWOOD — A Seattle woman surrendered to police Wednesday claiming she acted in self-defense when she stabbed a man in a Lynnwood apartment complex parking lot, leaving him near death.

Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui set bail Thursday at $500,000, finding probable cause for one count of first-degree assault.

Around 7 a.m. Tuesday, a man was stabbed in the right lower back in the 19800 block of 48th Avenue W, according to Lynnwood police. The assailiant seemingly fled the scene.

The man was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in critical condition. On the way to the hospital, the injured man reportedly lost his pulse and required cardiac resuscitation.

Multiple witnesses saw the man and another person, who was carrying a longboard, get into a confrontation in the parking lot. The person with the longboard then appeared to walk away, but then turned around and struck the man in his back, police report says.

Security footage showed the assailant wearing a bright green Seattle Seahawks hoodie and holding a longboard, police reports say. Police believe the suspect lived in a tent in a homeless encampment in the 4100 block of 204th Street SW.

A day later, the Lynnwood woman and turned herself in at the Lynnwood Police Station, telling investigators the man began threatening her — saying something like, “See what happens next” — and she stabbed him in self-defense.

The woman has a criminal history in King County, including convictions of second-degree robbery in 2013 and residential burglary in 2017. She pleaded guilty to both offenses and spent roughly four years behind bars in total.

“The defendant is homeless, suffers from bipolar disorder, and has a history of felonious behavior in three states,” a 2013 court document says.

The woman remained in the Snohomish County Jail on Thursday.

No update on the injured man’s condition was available.

Maya Tizon: 425-339-3434; maya.tizon@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @mayatizon.

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