A 34-year-old homeless man accused of stabbing his mother in the face has been charged with first-degree assault-domestic violence, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Kevin D. Ross, 34, was arrested Wednesday after Seattle police were alerted that he was sleeping in Peppis Park at 32nd Avenue and East Spruce Street.
Police say Ross showed up at his mother’s apartment near 18th Avenue and East Madison Street at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and began stabbing her when she opened the door. He ran off when his mother’s boyfriend came to see what the commotion was about. The boyfriend chased Ross, but eventually lost sight of him.
Medics treated the victim at the scene and then took her to Harborview Medical Center. Police said she suffered three deep stab wounds to her face.
According to other family members, Ross is homeless, suffers from mental illness and abuses drugs, police said. Charging papers allege the attack was unprovoked.
Ross, who has a prior conviction for second-degree assault, is being held in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release. He is scheduled to be arraigned on May 7.
If convicted, he faces a minimum of about 13 years in prison.