Suspect arrested for Kirkland home invasion stabbing previously tried for murder of three in Yakima

Police determined the victim, who is in stable condition, knew the suspect.

Kirkland police responded to a report of an injured female in the roadway in the 11200 block of 100th Avenue Northeast just after 10 p.m. on March 17.

The woman had been stabbed multiple times inside her home, responding officers discovered.

The victim was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment and is in stable condition, according to the Kirkland Police Department (KPD).

Through the evening, Kirkland detectives worked to gather evidence to help identify the suspect involved and Washington State Patrol crime scene investigators were requested to assist in the investigation and process the crime scene.

Investigators were able to piece together information from the victim and through processing that led them to suspect Kevin Harper, who had been doing some contracting work for the victim, KPD Lt. Rob Saloum said.

The next day, on March 18, Harper was arrested by Kirkland detectives in Arlington.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail and charged for attempted murder in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree and robbery in the first degree. He was held on about $2 million in bail.

“This was not anything somebody would have foreseen,” Saloum said, when asked about protection against similar incidents. “The individual did what he did. It wasn’t a random break in to somebody’s house.”

Prior to his arrest this month, Harper had been previously tried for murder in Yakima County following the deaths of a family of three in 2011.

Although never convicted on murder charges — after Bill, Pauline and Bettye Goggin were found beaten to death at their West Valley home — Kevin Harper, was given a nine-year and eight-month sentence for possession of a stolen pistol in 2013. The Yakima Herald reports that he was released from prison in July 2017 after serving time.

At one point, Harper was charged with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of the Goggin couple and senior mother — their murders were suspected to have taken place during a burglary.

But prosecutors made costly mistakes, trying to revoke a plea deal when new evidence allegedly emerged and accusing Harper of not holding up the terms of the cooperation agreement. The judge blamed prosecutors for not filing the cooperation agreement in court, meaning the court could not confirm if they had fully reviewed the plea.

The murder charges were never reinstated.

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