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Police search for man who allegedly stabbed his wife

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

Federal Way Police were looking for a man who they said repeatedly stabbed his wife Sunday evening after an argument escalated at their home in the 32100 block of 45th Place Southwest in Federal Way.

The man, who police identified as Fanoalii Siaki Oto, allegedly stabbed his 26-year-old wife several times in the neck, legs and stomach and then fled in their gray, four-door 1996 Suzuki Esteem.

He is described as a Samoan male, 23 years old, 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds, with brown eyes.

The woman, whose name was being withheld, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in serious condition. She was still listed in serious condition at the hospital Monday.

Police continued their search Monday for Oto and issued a warning that he is armed and dangerous. They asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Sunday’s assault is the third domestic violence-related injury or fatality in Federal Way in six months.

Last August, Richard St. Calle allegedly fatally shot his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun and seriously injured their 13-year-old daughter. He was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and eluding police.

In January, Yong Jun Kim was arrested for killing Federal Way real estate agent Hyung Lee with a machete. Prosecutors allege Kim believed his wife was having an affair with Lee and had repeatedly threatened her. Kim has been charged with first-degree murder.

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