A Tacoma woman accused of shooting a man in the head at a Kent Starbucks on Tuesday was charged today with first-degree attempted murder.
Fermina Bartolini Bertos, 24, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the King County Jail.
Kent police say Bertos and the victim were walking into the Starbucks at Southeast 208th Street and 107th Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when she shot him in the head. The woman then ran off, police said.
Bertos’ mother told police that her daughter called her crying after the shooting and claimed that she had shot the man because he had sexually assaulted her, charging documents allege.
Bertos later turned herself in to Tacoma police. A handgun was recovered from her car, according to charging documents.
Bertos has a concealed weapons permit and had purchased the gun in 2013, charging documents said.
The victim is in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Witness Mike Tyler, of Puyallup, said was in his car with the windows down when the shooting occurred a few feet in front of him.
Tyler got out of the car to help the wounded man. He said the man was holding his left cheek and bleeding. Tyler, a former soldier, told someone to grab towels and gloves as he compressed the wound.
Tyler said the wounded man told him he was shot by his girlfriend.
When interviewed by police, the victim said they had a sexual encounter at his home earlier this month. “He stated Bertos did nothing to indicate she did not want to participate in the sexual encounter,” a Kent detective wrote in charging documents.