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Man charged with murdering ex-girlfriend

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng has filed charges of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and eluding a police officer against Richard SaintCalle, 36, who was arrested early last Thursday morning following a fatal shooting at the Rainier Meadows Apartments in Federal Way.

Keymhare Germain, 32, SaintCalleŽ’s ex-girlfriend, was pronounced dead in the apartment she shared with SaintCalleŽ’s and her daughter, 13, and son, 17. An autopsy conducted Friday morning concluded she died of shotgun wounds to the head, chest and extremities, according to county medical examiner spokesman Mateas Valenzuela.

The girl, whose name has not been released, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she underwent eight hours of surgery to treat shotgun wounds to her chest and arm. She remained in stable condition in the intensive care unit.

SaintCalle remains in custody at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, where he is being held on $2 million cash-only bail. Maleng noted in bail request papers that SaintCalle has a history of domestic violence arrests, has changed his name, has an unstable residence, is a wealthy manager at Boeing and has been known to travel outside the country.

SaintCalleŽ’s arraignment has been scheduled for Aug. 26.

GermainŽ’s and SaintCalleŽ’s teenage son told police SaintCalle came to GermainŽ’s apartment in the evening on Aug. 14 and began arguing and fighting with his mom. The fighting continued for several hours, he said.

Late that night, Germain informed SaintCalle that she had become engaged, according to charging papers.

About 1:20 a.m., SaintCalle spoke on the phone outside GermainŽ’s apartment to GermainŽ’s fianc» who confirmed their engagement. The fianc»told police SaintCalle disconnected the call abruptly. SaintCalle then retrieved the shotgun from his car, police said.

GermainŽ’s and SaintCalleŽ’s son told police he was in the parking lot near the apartment with friends when SaintCalle told them they should leave if they valued their lives. The teens scattered and began banging on apartment doors to get help, according to charging papers. The teenager told police that a few minutes later, he heard gunshots.

About 1:25 a.m., SaintCalle blasted his way into GermainŽ’s apartment with a shotgun and opened fire on Germain and their daughter, police said. He then fled the area in a blue BMW.

The teenager called GermainŽ’s fianc»about 1:30 a.m. to tell him Germain and her daughter ŽÑ his mom and sister ŽÑ had been shot.

King County police found SaintCalle about 2 a.m. near the home of a Renton woman who has a restraining order against him.

He fled when deputies tried to stop him, leading them on a 10-minute, high-speed chase that ended when SaintCalle crashed his BMW into a gas station just off the Kent-Kangley exit in west Renton.

GermainŽ’s fianc»told police SaintCalle previously had threatened to kill her and was physically abusive to her. Federal Way Police detectives discovered several incidents, reported and unreported, in which SaintCalle was suspected of threatening, assaulting and stalking Germain and damaging her property, according to charging papers.

On May 29, 1998, SaintCalle was arrested for domestic violence harassment and malicious mischief. That same day, Germain filed a domestic violence petition for a restraining order against SaintCalle, but the petition was closed after a hearing.

On Oct 29, 2001, SaintCalle was arrested for domestic violence malicious mischief and interfering with reporting domestic violence to police.

On Nov. 2, 2001, his now ex-wife filed a domestic violence petition for a restraining order against him and on Nov. 14, 2001, they were divorced. On Nov. 26, 2001, the domestic violence petition was dismissed without a trial.

During their investigation of last weekŽ’s shooting, Federal Way detectives found a valid protection order against SaintCalle, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm, according to charging papers. In charging papers, police noted SaintCalle recently visited another ex-wife in New Jersey.

After the shooting, the teenager told police that SaintCalle, his father, has threatened to kill his ex-wives and a daughter who lives in another state.

The teenager told police that he was in the apartment about six months ago when SaintCalle told Germain he was going to shoot her and tried to retrieve a shotgun from a shotgun case he had.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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