Police hunt for ‘dangerous’ attacker after two women stabbed as they slept

By Calvin Palmer

A manhunt is under way in Seattle following the stabbing of two women early on Sunday while they slept at home.

A 37-year-old woman died at the scene and a 40-year-old woman was discharged from Harborview Medical Center after being treated for multiple stab wounds.

She has given police a description of the man. He is in his late 20s or early 30s, 6ft, 160 pounds, with a slim but muscular build. He has a thin mustache.

Police distributed fliers and called a neighborhood meeting in South Park yesterday to talk about the crime.

“He’s considered very, very dangerous. This is a man who clearly has evil intent, again very predatory in nature with the attack, and we need to get him off the street,” said Assistant Police Chief Nicholas J. “Nick” Metz

Investigators believe the man slipped into the house through an open or unlocked window or door. Neighbors reported seeing the two women run screaming from the house while the attacker fled on foot.

Friends identified the dead woman as Tereza Butz who worked in Seattle as a general manager of Regus Group. Police have not released the identities of the women.

The identity of the attacker has not been determined nor is there any indication that he was acquainted with the women, Officer Mark A. Jamieson said.

“At this point it seems like it’s random or a stranger,” Jamieson said.

Neighbor Nicolas Ramirez said he was awakened by screams, looked outside his bedroom window and saw a neighbor bleeding at the end of her driveway.

“I heard the lady say, ‘I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die,’ then, ‘Tell my mom I love her,’ and those were the last words I heard from her,” Ramirez said.

Another neighbor, Albert Barrientes, said the woman who died was naked and “covered in blood, all the way from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet”.

[Based on reports by the Associated Press and Seattle Post Intelligencer.]

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