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April 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Woman, 23, accused in fatal Krispy Kreme stabbing

A 23-year-old woman was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday in connection with Monday’s fatal stabbing of a 54-year-old man in the parking lot of a North Seattle doughnut shop.

Karen R. Latham apparently flagged down a vehicle after leaving a friend’s motor home near North 135th Street and Aurora Avenue North and asked the driver for a ride to a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant, which is in the same complex as a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, in the 12500 block of Aurora Avenue North, according to a probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Latham.

Zerabruk Hebtemariam apparently agreed to drive Latham about a half-mile to the restaurant, and when they arrived around 4 p.m., Latham allegedly asked him for money, the statement says. After he gave her $5, she threatened him with a knife but he refused her demands for more cash, according to the statement. Hebtemariam got out of his vehicle and opened the passenger-side door to get Latham out; that’s when she allegedly stabbed him in the chest, the statement says.

Hebtemariam yelled that he’d been stabbed and pointed to Latham, who was seen walking away covered in blood with the knife still in her hand, the statement says. One witness followed her south to the Nites Inn Motel and contacted police, who arrested Latham and recovered a knife from her bag, it says.

Hebtemariam was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he died of his injuries at 5:20 p.m.

Formal charges are expected to be filed by Thursday.

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