Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Tacoma apartment and stabbing her new suitor.
Shawn Tillery, 27, was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon enhancement and violating a court order.
The victim, who was stabbed multiple times in the neck, shoulder and armpit, is expected to survive.
Tillery allegedly broke into the South Orchard Street home about 5:15 a.m. Monday and attacked the new boyfriend while he was sleeping. The men crashed through the apartment while struggling over a kitchen knife, which eventually had its handle broken.
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Tillery fled and later was arrested nearby. The knife was recovered from the back porch.
Inside the apartment at the time of the attack were Tillery’s ex-girlfriend, their baby and the woman’s 8-year-old son. They weren’t hurt.
Tillery, whom the woman has a no-contact order against, allegedly told police the new boyfriend was the one with the knife and denied stabbing him.