A King County judge set bail today at $1 million for a 30-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend yesterday morning at her Auburn apartment. The suspect is being held in jail for investigation of second-degree murder-domestic violence.
Tricia Patricelli’s body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. by a male friend who was staying with her apartment in the 1600 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast, according to a statement of probable cause that outlines the police case.
A neighbor later told police that a woman’s screams could be heard coming from Patricelli’s apartment around the time her body was discovered. Another neighbor saw the suspect come down the stairs from the apartment, walk to the rear of the complex and jump over a fence, according to the statement.
Police arrived and found Patricelli in the bathroom of her apartment; she had suffered numerous stab wounds, the affidavit said.
Patricelli’s mother arrived at the apartment and overheard a description of the suspect, the affidavit said. She told police the killer matched the description of her daughter’s former boyfriend, who had repeatedly threatened the victim, the affidavit said.
The suspect was located a short time later at a bus stop a few blocks away and was arrested.
The deadline for filing charges against the man is Friday.