A woman who stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the back, sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries on Oct. 20, was charged with first-degree assault.
According to King County Superior Court charging documents, 36-year-old Jennifer Williams was charged on Nov. 9 for the assault with a deadly weapon against her ex. Her bail was set at $100,000.
The stabbing seemed to have been provoked because her ex had been speaking to another woman, the documents continue.
Police responded to the stabbing around 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 20 and found the victim pacing the side of the road with a knife embedded in his back. An eye witness saw the victim and suspect arguing in a car stopped on the side of the road.
The defendant then reportedly exited the car and began to walk away. The witness overheard Williams tell her ex, “It’s over,” before exiting the car, the documents continue. Then, according to the witness, the victim exited the vehicle as well and approached the witness.
Williams then returned and stabbed her ex multiple times. He suffered two wounds to his upper and lower back as well as a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and lacerated pancreas.
The witness alleged she has known the victim for for several years, but did not recognize Williams when she saw her in the car while she was standing at a nearby bus stop. The victim “apparently noticed [the witness] standing nearby and asked if she needed a ride somewhere. As she prepared to get into his vehicle, [the witness] said that [the victim’s] female companion ran up behind him and stabbed him in the back with a knife before running away,” according to the charging documents.
The Kent Police Department also received a report of a domestic dispute at the man’s residence on June 19. The caller, who identified herself as Williams, claimed her boyfriend had forced her to stay at the residence over the weekend against her will and had also threatened to send a sexually explicit video of her to her adult son if she did not come back to the residence.
However, the document also states the police were unable to contact her.
Federal Way police detectives interviewed the victim at Harborview Medical Center on Nov. 6, where he identified Williams as the one who stabbed him via her drivers license photo. He explained that he and Williams had been dating off an on for several months in a “non-exclusive” relationship.
Unlike the eye witness, the man reported the stabbing was unprovoked. He said he spoke to Williams earlier the day of the stabbing to set up a sexual liaison with another woman.
He reported Williams had consumed two alcoholic drinks earlier and the woman he hoped to set up a liaison with was driving his car. At one point the car pulled over and he exited, presumably to let one of the females sit in the front passenger seat, according to the documents.
It was at this time while he was out of the car, “Williams walked up to him, said ‘Are you f****** serious?’ and then stabbed him, without provocation,” the documents continue.
He told officers Williams had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and often became physically violent if she didn’t take her medication. Williams told police she had previously been diagnosed with PTSD and borderline personality disorder.
Williams said her ex frequently abused drugs and alcohol and became emotionally and verbally abusive when he was intoxicated.According to Williams, on the night of the incident her arranged to pick her up from his residence, and was intoxicated when he arrived. Williams then allegedly drove him back to his residence in Kent.
Williams said before they drove back to Kent she grabbed a steak knife from her residence and put in in her pocket, fearing he would become physically aggressive. The two began arguing on the way to the man’s residence, Williams said, and she pulled over near 288th Street and Pacific Highway to get out of the car.
Williams said as she did she saw a female, who she thought was a prostitute, standing at a bus stop nearby.
While she was walking away, she reported that her ex yelled expletives at her before turning to the woman at the bus stop and saying, “Hey love, you need a ride?”
Williams said she then snapped and pulled the steak knife from her pocket, stabbing him twice before continuing to walk away. She said she never intended to harm him and only wanted him to stop disrespecting her, according to the documents.
If convicted, Williams could face a minimum of 93 months in custody.