Prosecutor: Lacey woman stabbed while protecting 10-year-old daughter

Staff writerNovember 14, 2013 

Alexander Althauser, 35, was being held in the Thurston County Jail Thursday with bail set at $1 million.

JEREMY PAWLOSKI; STAFF WRITER

A schizophrenic is charged with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend five times in her Lacey apartment when she attempted to stop him from getting into bed with her 10-year-old daughter.

Alexander Althauser, 35, was being held in the Thurston County Jail Thursday with bail set at $1 million.

The woman passed out during a 911 call after she had been stabbed, court papers state. Althauser's arraignment is scheduled for this Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court.

The woman suffered a punctured lung and a dangerous stab wound to her neck, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Cailen Cecil Wevodau said. She also suffered several loosened teeth when Althauser punched her in the face, court papers state. The woman was initially admitted to Providence St. Peter Hosptial's intensive care unit.

"The mother basically protected her daughter with her life," Cecil Wevodau said.

A spokesman at Providence St. Peter Hospital said Thursday that the woman was treated and released from the hospital. Cecil Wevodau said the woman is expected to recover.

When Lacey police arrived at the home in the 5600 block of College Street shortly before 2 a.m. Nov. 5, the woman had barricaded herself and her daughter in her daughter's room after she had been stabbed repeatedly by Althauser, court papers state.

Three Lacey officers had to subdue Althauser, who violently resisted being taken into custody, court papers state.

Althauser later gave a statement to Lacey detectives, and said that he was "in love" with his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter, and felt that her mother "was the only object standing in my way," court papers state.

Althauser said the woman had prevented him from getting into bed with the 10-year-old that night, and when she later got between him and the child, "it just made me go crazy," according to court papers.

Detectives also interviewed the woman at the hospital. She said she passed out after barricading herself and her daughter in her daughter's bedroom. She said she recalled Althauser trying to kick in the door before Lacey police arrived, court papers state. She said after passing out, she woke up to her daughter caressing her face.

Althauser is a recent graduate of Thurston County Mental Health Court. He "was very difficult" to interview after his arrest, "due to his very obvious psychotic state," court papers state. He has a long history of mental illness, according to court papers.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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