Seattle man faces charges after cutting wife

A 34-year-old Seattle man has been charged with first-degree assault, domestic violence, for allegedly kicking in the front door of his wife's apartment and cutting her repeatedly with a knife.

The suspect, Samson K. Tsegai, is being held on $500,000 bail at the King County Jail in Kent.

In asking for $500,000 bail, prosecutors indicated in court documents that Tsegai is a "violent, dangerous individual" and the victim will not be safe if he's released.

According to court documents, Tsegai moved out of the Renton apartment and in with relatives after his wife learned he was having an affair.

His wife called 911 after Tsegai threatened to kill her in a phone call. The dispatcher heard screaming and then the phone disconnected.

An Renton Police officer found the front door leaning against a wall; the door frame was splintered, and a box of cereal spread across the floor, according to documents.

The victim was crying hysterically and told the officer, "It's too late. He's gone now."

She told officers her husband pulled her into the bedroom and cut her several times on her left arm and throat, while holding her on the bed, according to court documents.

He said repeatedly, "I am going to kill you," according to documents.

He punched her with one hand and attempted to strangle her with the other, she told officers.

He heard the sirens and left, yelling at his wife, "I'm going to kill you, if not today, then tomorrow or the next day," according to documents.

The assault was witnessed by their 18-month-old child.

Tsegai was arrested later at his workplace in Seattle by Seattle Police officers who were investigating a phone-harassment complaint. The caller, apparently his wife, had called repeatedly and if a woman answered, she accused her of having an affair with her husband, according to court documents.

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