A 26-year-old woman was home with her 7-month-old daughter and her mother one afternoon when a man broke into her home, grabbed her by her ponytail, and demanded money. 48-year-old Ken Boonstra, the intruder, escaped with a small amount of cash and fled the scene. The unidentified woman immediately called the police to report the incident.
“This guy apparently grabbed her by the pony tail, swung her around, robbed her, and then either slapped or punched her in the face,” said Sergeant Cindi West of the King County Sherriff’s office.
Later on that night, the woman and her husband checked all of the locks in the house before heading to bed after the harrowing ordeal earlier in the day. Around 2 a.m., however, the couple woke up to the sound of their dogs barking and noises coming from outside.
The husband got up, grabbed a baseball bat and a can of wasp spray, and headed downstairs to see what was going on. Boonstra, the original attacker, was back, and the 29-year-old husband attempted to use the bat and spray against the man. Neither did any good in fighting off Boonstra, who police say had a video camera and duct tape with him at the time of the incident.
“This was truly a fight for their lives. And it went on for an extended period of time,” said Sergeant Katie Larson.
While the husband was struggling to fight off Boonstra, he called out to his wife for help, and that’s when things got taken to a whole new level. The wife went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and fatally stabbed Boonstra.
“The family is very traumatized,” said Larson. “This was a hugely traumatic incident in their lives.”
Boonstra, a father of five, reportedly had been going through what was described as a “mental breakdown” in the few years following a divorce.