Prosecutors: ‘Pleasure, greed’ behind vicious home invasion
King County prosecutors have charged two men with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, accusing them of randomly breaking into a home in Kirkland last month and attacking an 18-year-old man with knives.
Seattle Times staff reporter
King County prosecutors say “pleasure and greed” were the motives behind a vicious home invasion in Kirkland last month in which two men are accused of randomly breaking into a home, dragging an 18-year-old man from his bed and attacking him with knives in an attempt to kill him.
Vincent “Vinny” Sisounong, 21, and Blessing Gainey, 19, have each been charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree burglary for the Oct. 12 break-in in Kirkland’s Kingsgate neighborhood, court records say.
The two were strangers to the occupants of the house, which is less than a half-mile from Sisounong’s apartment complex, according to charging documents.
A fingerprint belonging to Gainey was found in the victim’s bedroom — and led to his arrest Oct. 24 at a library in Burien, charging papers say. Sisounong was arrested at Green River Community College in Auburn on Oct. 25 after Gainey identified him as his alleged accomplice, according to the papers.
Sisounong’s bail was set at $1 million, while Gainey is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail; both remain in custody at the King County Jail, jail records show. They are scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday.
“They broke into the home of complete strangers and tortured and stabbed a young man who was staying at the home,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alexandra Voorhees wrote in charging documents. “They made repeated threats to kill the victim and stabbed him in his legs, shoulder, head and hands. The motivation for this violent attack appears to be pleasure and greed.”
Sometime before 6 a.m. on Oct. 12, two men forced their way into a house in the 13700 block of Northeast 133rd Street and confronted the 18-year-old as he slept in a third-floor bedroom of his parents’ home, charging documents say. The two men restrained the teen in bed and held a knife to his throat, the papers say.
The two forced the young man downstairs, threatening to harm others in the house if he resisted or made any sound, according to the papers. Once in the basement, the 18-year-old was wrestled to the floor; one of his attackers restrained his arms and instructed his accomplice to cut the man’s leg off, the papers say.
That attacker — allegedly Gainey — began hacking at the man’s left ankle and leg, “causing large deep cuts down to the bone,” the papers say.
The victim recalled the other man, allegedly Sisounong, “saying that they needed to kill (the 18-year-old) now that he had seen their faces,” according to the papers.
The victim was able to break free and was kicked in the head, the papers say. During the struggle, the man’s car alarm began to go off, allegedly causing Gainey to flee, the papers say.
Sisounong allegedly stayed behind, ordering the victim to his knees and delivering deep cuts to the man’s right shoulder and head with a large knife, according to charging documents.
The victim was able to run to a bathroom and lock himself inside, but Sisounong allegedly broke the door open and continued to assault the 18-year-old with the knife, the papers say.
The victim punched his attacker in the face, causing the man to flee, according to the papers.
He heard a commotion upstairs and, realizing he’d lost a lot of blood, the 18-year-old left the basement and went to a nearby house, where he woke up the homeowners and asked them to call for help, according to the charging documents.
The victim was hospitalized for five days at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injuries, the papers say. It does not appear that any of the man’s family members were injured in the attack.
After police identified Gainey from a fingerprint, detectives searched Sisounong’s apartment and allegedly found two knives and clothing stained with blood, charging papers say.
Money, keys and electronics were allegedly taken from the victim’s house, but police have not recovered any of the items, the papers say.
Police say Sisounong wanted the victim to “fight for his life” and enjoyed harming him, while Gainey “fed off” the other man’s energy, according to charging papers.
Sisounong does not have a criminal record, while Gainey has convictions for fourth-degree assault and being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to court records.
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