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July 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Man extradited in brutal stabbing death of ex-wife in Bellevue

The man suspected of stabbing his ex-wife to death in her Bellevue home on June 17 and then fleeing to California has been extradited to King County to stand trial, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Aleksandr Polak is accused of stabbing Nataliya Vabishchevich, 35, repeatedly with a knife in the head, neck, hands, arms and chest — 72 times in all — in her Bellevue apartment while their teenage son was at school.

Vabishchevich was found by a co-worker who went to check on her when she didn’t show up to work. The co-worker arrived at Vabishchevich’s apartment around noon, and when she opened the door, she  found her body in a bloody black bathrobe, police said.

Vabishchevich’s 14-year-old son said his mother had been alive when he left for school around 7:15 that morning.

Polak, 46, was arrested June 20 while getting off a bus in Los Angeles. Authorities say he was planning to flee to Mexico.

He has been charged with first-degree murder. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

After their marriage ended in divorce about seven years ago, Polak threatened to kill Vabishchevich, according to charging documents. One of Vabishchevich’s friends said she remembered a particular occasion when she had been baby-sitting the couple’s son, who lived with Vabishchevich.

The friend said Polak came to the apartment looking to reconcile with his ex-wife. If Vabishchevich wouldn’t take him back, he said he would kill her, the friend said, accordiong to the documents.

“I kill people,” the friend said he threatened. “I hurt people, and don’t mess with me.”

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