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Two men charged with attempted murder, burglary after cutting up Kirkland man
Two Kirkland men were charged last Thursday for attempted murder and burglary after they allegedly cut, stabbed and hacked an 18-year-old man at his Kirkland home in October.
Vincent Vinny Sisounong, 21, is being held on a $1 million bail and his alleged associate Blessing T. Gainey, 19, is being held on a $500,000 bail. Both are charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and burglary in the first degree.
Charging documents state the reason the men attacked a complete stranger was for “pleasure and greed.”
Sisounong told detectives he wanted the victim to “fight for his life” and has had thoughts of harming others. When asked if the attack was enjoyable, Sisounong responded with “yeah,” court documents continue.
On the morning of Oct. 12, Kirkland police were dispatched to the victim’s home in the Evergreen Hill neighborhood (formerly known as Kingsgate).
The victim, who police initially reported was 19 years old, was discovered at this neighbor’s house with several cuts, stabs and edged-blade-type gashes on his leg, shoulder, hands and head.
The victim said the two men confronted him with edged weapons as he slept in his bed, according to probable cause documents.
In a recorded statement, Sisounong told police that after breaking into the home, he found the victim and his sister sleeping in their beds on the third floor.
“… He returned to Gainey on the second floor and stated that they wanted to kill them,” probable cause documents state. “Sisounong said that Gainey agreed to participate after debating the decision for ‘three to five minutes.’”
After the suspects held a knife to his throat, the victim said he heard one of them say he wanted to kill him, the documents continue.
But Gainey allegedly proceeded to pace around the room and speak with the victim for about a half hour, trying to delay [Sisounong] from actually killing him.
Sisounong told police that he “really wanted to do it.”
The suspects took the 18-year-old to his basement and allegedly threatened to harm the other people in the house if he wasn’t quiet.
Sisounong allegedly wrestled the victim to the floor and instructed Gainey to “cut his leg off.” Court documents state Gainey grabbed the man’s left ankle and proceeded to “use the larger knife multiple times in a chopping motion.” He continued to do the same to the victim’s left leg, causing large deep cuts down to the bone, the documents state.
“After taking him from his bed to the basement, Sisounong admitted that he told Gainey to ‘start hacking his leg,’ with the intent to immobilize him,” the documents state.
The victim recalled Sisounong allegedly saying that they needed to kill him now because the victim had seen their faces.
After the 18-year-old broke free, he was kicked in the head. But the struggle caused a car alarm to go off, causing Gainey to flee, according to the documents.
Sisounong stayed behind to “keep him from screaming” and decided to “go at his throat.”
Left alone with Sisounong, the victim was instructed to crawl to the other side of the basement. During this time he was assaulted with a large knife, which caused a “gaping cut” to his right shoulder.
The victim was able to get free and lock himself in the basement bathroom.
But Sisounong allegedly knocked the door open, breaking the door frame in the process. The victim sustained a a deep cut to his left hand in the process of trying to disarm his attacker.
After punching the suspect in the face, the victim escaped as he heard a loud commotion upstairs and was losing a large amount of blood.
The 18-year-old was then helped by neighbor Miles Calvert, who assisted in making a tourniquet out of bungee cords for his leg.
As soon as police arrived, the victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his wounds. He was there for about five days.
Kirkland police detectives arrested Gainey on past Kirkland warrants after he was located at a Burien library. Investigators were able to match Gainey’s left fingerprint at the scene of the crime that took place early Oct. 12.
Gainey admitted his involvement in the crime and identified the other suspect, Sisounong.
Police searched Sisounong’s home at the Kirkland Heights Apartments via a search warrant. There, they found bloodstained jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and work boots and two knives with blood stains on the blades as well. Several of the victim’s items - keys, electronics and money - were also located at the apartment.
Police arrested Sisounong in Auburn shortly after.
Sisounong has no known criminal history.
Gainey was convicted of a minor in possession in 2010 and 2012 and two convictions of assault in the fourth degree in 2010.
The two suspects will be arraigned on Nov. 12.