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December 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM
A man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing his cousin last Christmas Eve in Auburn, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Bradley Courville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly-weapon enhancement. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for assaulting an Auburn police officer.
The 25-year-old Courville, who goes by the nickname “Red Cloud,” faces a range of 15 to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 10.
Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, Auburn police found the victim, Quinn Oliver, 26, dead at a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South. A woman at the residence told officers that before Oliver died, he staggered inside and said that “Red Cloud” had stabbed him.
Soon after the woman explained this to police, Courville emerged from some nearby bushes and identified himself to officers, according to charging documents.
When talking with police, Courville said he was experiencing a “spiritual” moment before the slaying and grabbed a butcher knife, charges said. Courville told officers that Oliver called him a name and he reacted by stabbing the man in the neck. Courville said that after the stabbing he hid in the bushes.
November 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM
A man diagnosed with schizophrenia pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder Tuesday in connection with the stabbing of his girlfriend in her Lacey apartment Nov. 5.
Alexander Althauser, 35, pleaded not guilty to the charge during his video arraignment before Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon.
Althauser is accused of stabbing his girlfriend five times in her apartment in the 5600 block of College Street after she tried to prevent him from getting into bed with her 10-year-old daughter, according to court papers.
She and her daughter barricaded themselves in a bedroom, court papers state, and the woman passed out during a 911 call. The woman was initially admitted to the intensive care unit at Providence St. Peter Hospital, but she has since been released.
Althauser was being held at the Thurston County Jail Tuesday, with bail set at $1 million.
November 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend when she tried to get him to leave her Kent apartment nearly two years ago pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Shawn D. Gulseth faces a sentence range of 26 to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 6 in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence at the high end of the range.
Gulseth, 43, killed his ex-girlfriend, Bonnie Peterson, inside her apartment on Dec. 20, 2011, after she tried to get him to leave, according to charging documents.
After the slaying, Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray and one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment, the documents say.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work the next day, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents.
Gulseth was arrested about three weeks later when he was found camping under a bridge near Willits, Calif., a town of approximately 5,000 people that’s roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Gulseth, 40, has prior convictions for second-degree robbery, eluding police, drug possession, theft and criminal trespassing.
In 2005, Seattle police arrested Gulseth for stealing a police car, crashing the cruiser and punching two officers — all while he was handcuffed.
November 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM
The man who allegedly stabbed three men in Seattle’s City Hall Park Monday night assaulted a man in a wheelchair exactly a year ago in an attack that started the same way.
Witnesses of both Nov. 11 attacks said Adan Yusuf, 35, was argumentative and asking for cigarettes before he began his assaults, according to police and court documents.
All three men stabbed around 9:45 p.m. Monday night were lucky the weapon Yusuf allegedly used was only a small folding knife, said Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police that Yusuf had been walking around the park asking people for a cigarette. When one man didn’t offer him a cigarette, Yusuf allegedly started stabbing him.
Two others who tried to subdue Yusuf were also stabbed, one of them several times before he was sent to Harborview in serious condition. Others jumped in to restrain Yusuf until police arrived and arrested him.
“Luckily, people stepped forward and subdued him,” said Witt.
Yusuf also suffered minor cuts to his hands and was treated at the scene, Witt said. He was booked into jail for investigation of assault.
Court records show that a King County District Court Judge found probable cause to hold Yusuf in custody on $300,000 bail in connection with the Monday night attacks.
Yusuf pleaded guilty earlier this year to third-degree assault for the Nov. 11, 2012, attack. In that case, he beat two men including a disabled man in the International District outside of Jones Bar & Grill at 500 South King Street, according to court documents.
The man who uses a wheelchair told police that after Yusuf asked another man for a cigarette and that man refused, Yusuf argued with him and knocked the man to the ground. The man in the wheelchair then tried to position himself between them to stop the fight, but Yusuf ended up dumping him out of the chair into the street, where he kicked him in the head and knocked his teeth loose.
A King County judge ordered that Yusuf pay restitution and issued a five-year restraining order to keep Yusuf away from the two victims. Less than a month after sentencing and his Feb. 25 release from jail, Yusuf was also charged with malicious mischief and possession of stolen property in Lynnwood.
November 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Police arrested a man shortly after three people were stabbed near City Hall Park in Seattle on Monday night.
Seattle Fire Lt. Sue Stangl said two men were in serious condition and one had minor injuries when they were taken to Harborview Medical Center from Fourth Avenue and Dilling Way just before 10 p.m.
Seattle police said the suspect also sustained minor stab wounds and was treated at the scene before being taken to jail.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.
November 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM
The man found stabbed to death Sunday morning in Seattle’s Duwamish Waterway Park has been identified as Ray M. Paul Jr., 23.
Paul’s death has been classified as a homicide by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. He died from multiple stab wounds, according to medical examiners.
Seattle police and firefighters responded to a call at 1:23 Sunday morning and found Paul’s body in the park in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.
Paul’s family told KIRO-TV that Paul was homeless.
Ronald Paul, the victim’s uncle, said that his nephew was at a party Saturday night before returning to his campsite at Duwamish Waterway Park.
There have been no arrests.
November 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM
A man whose throat was slashed with a knife early this morning on the Tulalip Reservation is in serious condition at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says.
The victim, 20, was attacked around 12:45 a.m. at 27th Avenue Northeast and Marine Drive Northeast, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s deputies and K9 units, along with officers from the Tulalip and Marysville police departments, searched unsuccessfully for the suspect, the sheriff’s office said.
November 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Three men are at Harborview Medical Center this morning recovering from stab wounds after police say they got into a fight near Franklin High School last night.
Police were called to Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Hanford Street around 9:15 p.m. for reports of several people being stabbed. Police found two wounded men and Seattle Fire Department medics took them to Harborview Medical Center. Officers then found two more men at South Hanford Street and Morse Avenue South, one bleeding heavily from apparent stab wounds, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
A fourth man, who was unhurt, was questioned by police and later released, Jamieson said.
Police said it appears the men found at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Hanford Street were prowling a car when they got into an argument with the other two men. At one point one of the car prowl suspects pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the men in the other group. The man who was never injured in the fight pulled out a knife and stabbed both car prowl suspects.
The two car prowl suspects and the injured man found at South Hanford Street and Morse Avenue South are in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said this morning.
Police are still investigating. It’s unclear whether the men got into a fight because it was their car being prowled.
October 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM
A man was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after he was stabbed just before 6 p.m. in the 1900 block of Western Avenue, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Officers are looking for a suspect.
The Seattle Fire Department, on its Real Time 911 website, listed the address of the stabbing incident as 1999 Western Ave., which is the street address for Victor Steinbrueck Park, just north of Pike Place Market.
The park has been the scene of previous violent incidents, including non-fatal stabbings in January and July.
October 18, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Doesn’t pay to be a restaurant employee: Two days ago a Chipotle employee got hit with a hot sauce bottle in downtown Seattle and last night an employee of a pizza place in Green Lake was stabbed. In the Green Lake incident, the suspect had four knives on him when he was arrested …
Michael Chadd Boysen, the man who strangled his grandparents a few days after he was released from prison, is scheduled to be sentenced today in King County Superior Court. The death penalty is off the table and while a life sentence was expected in the case, his attorneys are expected to ask for a sentence of 40 years.
Nice weekend ahead. It’s foggy this morning, but sunny skies are expected this afternoon with temperatures in the 60s. Got some fall yard work to do, do you? Now’s the time. It’s expected to be sunny and even warmer Monday and Tuesday.
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