- Attempted murder charge filed in domestic violence incident

Attempted murder charge filed in domestic violence incident

by Bruce Rommel
Journal Reporter

KENT -- Prosecutors Wednesday filed a charge of attempted second-degree murder against a man accused of beating, strangling and stabbing a woman after she told him to move out of her East Hill apartment.

The woman, Amy Rouse, 27, remained hospitalized Wednesday at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Kent police said.

Hospital officials said they couldn't disclose any information because of patient privacy laws.

Zachary John Paul Ufkeys, 23, who cut his own throat and hands after attacking the woman Monday morning, remained hospitalized and under guard at Harborview Medical Center.

When discharged from Harborview, Ufkeys will be booked into the county jail at the Regional Justice Center in Kent and arraigned as soon as possible, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors will ask a judge that Ufkeys be held on $500,000 bail, Donohoe said.

Rouse's two daughters, ages 5 and 8, weren't home when she was attacked because they had spent the previous night with their grandmother, who lives in the area, police said.

According to charging papers filed by prosecutors, Rouse told police she and Ufkes met in 2000 and had been friends.

Ufkeys, who also spells his name as Ufkes, moved to Arizona, but they kept in touch through letters and telephone calls.

Ufkeys returned to the area about two months ago, moved into Rouse's apartment in the 12900 block of Southeast 240th Street and got a job with a concrete company.

Rouse later told detectives she realized Ufkeys ``had some real control issues'' and about 8 a.m. Monday she asked him to move out, charging papers said.

Ufkeys ``surprised her,'' Rouse told detectives, by beating and strangling her. He said several times he would kill her, charging papers said.

Ufkeys cut the woman's forehead and stabbed her, leaving three deep puncture wounds in her back.

Rouse managed to flee the apartment and ask neighbors for help.

Police arrived and found Ufkeys laying on the floor in the apartment's master bedroom, with his throat cut and cuts on hands.

Police later found a bloodied knife, two screw drivers and scissors that might have been involved, charging papers said.

Bruce Rommel can be reached at or 253-872-6722