Burbank man confesses to Sunnyside police he attempted to murder his wife

This past Saturday night just before midnight a man from Burbank walked into the Sunnyside Police Department wanting to turn himself into authorities.

According to police, the man wanted to confess to attempting to murder his wife. At the time of the confession, say police, he believed his wife was dead.

He told police he left her in the woods near Seattle and provided a location for police to search.

Just before 12:30 p.m. that afternoon, however, a citizen called Whatcom county 9-1-1, reporting a woman had been located on Nulle Road, along the Skagit/Whatcom County line.

The caller told officials there that the woman's throat appeared to have been cut and the victim, the caller believed, crawled from the nearby woods. The victim was reportedly assaulted there and left for dead.

Whatcom County sheriff's deputies responded to the call and began the initial investigation, according to Skagit County Undersheriff Tom Molitor.

The jurisdiction was determined to belong to Skagit County and the 20-year-old victim was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham.

She is being treated for her injuries and is expected to recover, according to Molitor.

Her injuries include sever lacerations to her throat and neck, as well as substantial blood loss.

"She has been unable to communicate with investigators," said Molitor.

He said the suspect is 30-years-old and it is believed he acted alone.

In other criminal activity locally, Sunnyside police officers have since last Friday investigated three burglaries, a shots-fired call, a weapon offense and two vehicle thefts.

A resident in the 2200 block of East Edison Avenue reported a burglary last Friday. Items stolen were not detailed.

A television was reported stolen during a burglary in the 100 block of Spaulding Avenue last Friday. Witnesses said two suspects were spotted at the time of the incident and it is believed the suspects made entry through a window.

Officers located a television that was stolen from a home in the 1000 block of East Decatur Avenue yesterday (Sunday) during a burglary that was witnessed by neighbors. The suspect, say police, kicked in the back door to the home, and took the television before stashing it in a back yard.

Also yesterday police investigated a shots-fired call in the area of South Ninth Street and East Lincoln Avenue, but were unable to locate evidence of gunfire.

A resident in the 700 block of Bagley Drive yesterday reported seeing a man waving what was believed to be a gun. The caller wasn't completely certain as to what the man had in his hand, and officers investigating the call were unable to locate the individual described.

On Saturday a 1992 Honda Accord was reported stolen from a parking lot in the 2200 block of East Edison Avenue. It was later recovered by Yakima County Sheriff's deputies.

On that same day a 1998 Ford pick-up was reported stolen from the 1400 block of Yakima Valley Highway.

Officers have also over the weekend investigated seven automatic alarm calls, four animal complaints, two reported assaults, four domestic violence calls, five DUI reports, 12 suspicious activity calls and six traffic stops.

Police, too, served an arrest warrant and provided an agency assist, as well as a citizen assist.


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