A man accused of attacking his estranged wife with a machete remains in Skagit County Jail for investigation of attempted murder and assault, both in the first degree.

His bail is $750,000.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Skagit County Superior Court, the man allegedly kicked in the door to a residence in the 1100 block of Farm to Market Road in Bayview about 10:15 p.m. Sunday.

He then allegedly attacked his estranged wife and another man with a machete, causing “serious lacerations to (the woman’s) head and to her left arm,” according to the affidavit.

During a search of the residence, Skagit County sheriff’s deputies discovered “a large amount of blood and what appeared to be human tissue,” the affidavit states.

The woman’s left hand was almost completely severed from the rest of her arm, the affidavit states. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries.

The male victim was able to wrest the machete from the suspect, but was wounded in the process and required several staples to close an injury to his head, the affidavit states.

The suspect fled the scene, but a K-9 unit tracked a blood trail from the residence to the suspect’s house in the 12000 block of Persons Road, according to the affidavit. The man was reportedly covered in blood and had a “severely lacerated” hand.

On March 3, the woman was granted a no-contact order against the suspect. The two were set to appear in court the day after the incident, the affidavit states.

When recommending bail, a Skagit County sheriff’s detective requested no bail or high bail, stating the suspect had “no regard for human life” and that court orders had not previously been effective.

The suspect, who has not yet been charged, is set to be arraigned March 23.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141,


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