Rakisha Alexandrin Washington is charged with second degree attempted murder and first degree assault in the Aug. 17 incident that left her co-worker hospitalized with a collapsed lung and a significant puncture to his kidney.
According to the criminal complaint:
Washington’s co-worker invited her to his apartment on the 6900 block of Excelsior Blvd the evening of Aug. 16 to talk about her relationship problems.
The two spoke amicably, drinking alcohol, for much of the evening, but at one point Washington retrieved the 12-inch butcher knife from the kitchen and began to play with it.
When her co-worker asked her to put it down because it was making him uncomfortable, she responded that she had once stabbed her husband 11 to 13 times, the co-worker later told police.
The co-worker repeated his request with more conviction.
“That really hurts me that you would think I would stab you because I love you,” the co-worker quoted Washington as saying. “I care about you, and it hurts my heart that you would think I would stab you.”
Washington continued to play with the knife and eventually her co-worker took it out of her hand, putting it back in the kitchen and heading to his bathroom.
When he left the bathroom, he told police that Washington ambushed him from around a corner and began stabbing him a “bunch of times” in the back, near his vital organs.
He was able to turn and grab the knife, sustaining a blade wound in his hand. His back bleeding from five holes, he then raised himself to his feet, ran out of the apartment with his knife and knocked on the door of a neighbor before collapsing on the bloody hallway carpet.
The neighbor called 911 and applied pressure to his puncture wounds.
When police and medics arrived, he was struggling to breathe, though he repeated that “Kisha” had “stabbed” him.
When police asked him the reason, he replied, “She told me her life story.”
In his apartment, police found a blood-covered butcher knife, blood on the walls and a pool of blood on the floor. A woman’s purse with Washington’s checkbook was also found.
Shortly after the incident, Washington called police to report that her co-worker was injured. Police found her, covered in blood, near the corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Meadowbrook Lane.
She denied stabbing her co-worker but said she was drinking vodka in his apartment when another woman came in and jealously confronted him about kissing Washington.
Washington told police she then left the apartment for a short time and returned to find her co-worker covered in blood. She said she hugged him and asked him to “stop bleeding” before leaving a second time out of fear she would be considered a suspect. She said she was worried about legal repercussions based on what she’d seen on “The First 48,” an A&E documentary TV show.
When police asked Washington why her co-worker said she stabbed him, she replied, “the tooth fairy.”Washington is being held on $500,000 bail in Hennepin County Jail. She faces up to 20 years behind bars.