After spending nearly three months at Harborview Medical Center, a 55-year-old Central Kitsap County woman was booked into jail Wednesday night, accused of fatally stabbing her husband and then setting their house on fire Aug. 31, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
Chong Charpentier, who has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson, was booked into the Kitsap County Jail just after 6 p.m. Wednesday and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, Deputy Sheriff Scott Wilson said in a news release.
She is expected to make her first court appearance early next week, Wilson said.
A neighbor called 911 at 11:41 a.m. Aug. 31 after 54-year-old Alan Joseph Charpentier stumbled across the road to the neighbor’s house after being stabbed multiple times inside his residence in the 8500 block of Covina Loop Northeast in unincorporated Kitsap County, just north of Bremerton, Wilson wrote.
When sheriff’s deputies and medics arrived, they found the neighbor administering first aid to Alan Charpentier on the front porch, Wilson said in the release. Medics took him to Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale but he died before he could be airlifted to Harborview, Wilson said.
While at the scene, deputies noticed smoke coming from inside the Charpentier house and firefighters quickly doused the blaze, according to Wilson. They found Chong Charpentier lying on the floor, and she, too, was taken to the hospital in Silverdale and then airlifted to Harborview, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and severe burns to her lower body, he said.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the house, Wilson said in the release. Investigators found several ignition sites inside the house, where she allegedly started fires, he said. Wilson wrote that detectives also recovered a large kitchen knife, the suspected weapon used in the fatal assault on Alan Charpentier.