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Homeowner stab, kills intruder

A homeowner stabbed and killed an intruder during a brutal wrestling match early May 13 in North Bend.

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North Bend sceneNORTH BEND — A 48-year-old man who allegedly broke into a North Bend home and was fatality stabbed in a frantic melee with the homeowners showed bizarre and “hermitlike” behavior leading up to the incident, the Seattle Times reported.

According to the Times, Kenneth Boonstra had recently undergone a brutal divorce with his wife and had exhibited signs of a mental breakdown to his family.

Boonstra, the father of five, allegedly entered a couple’s home in the 10100 block of 420th Avenue South twice in a 12-hour period between March 12-13. Investigators believe Boonstra was stabbed to death by Tennyson Jacobson after the intruder got into a struggle with her husband, Kyle, in their home.

Boonstra’s family told the Times and investigators he acted increasingly bizarre, concerned about money problems and overwork, in the years leading up to the stabbing.

Boonstra divorced his wife of 19 years in June 2007 after accusing her of cleaning out his two bank accounts, the Times reported. He moved to a trailer in North Bend from Roy and began to steal gas and goods from local convenience stores, officials said. He was arrested in 2012 for stealing a case of Miller Lite beer and two cans of Copenhagen chewing tobacco. Police reported that upon his arrest Boonstra said he was sorry, and that he had every intention of making restitution.

Since his divorce, Boonstra had been living in a 23-foot travel trailer placed on a 7-acre property outside of North Bend. Officials said he did not know the Jacobson family prior to the break-in.

A roll of duct tape was found at the home after the struggle, but investigators were not sure if Boonstra brought the tape. The case is still open and being investigated.

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Intruder killed in North Bend identified

North Bend couple fights off brutal intruderNORTH BEND — Tuesday afternoon the King County Medical Examiner released the identity of the intruder killed early Monday morning when he entered a couple’s home and attacked the husband.

Kenneth Edward Boonstra, 48, was stabbed to death after Kyle and Tennyson Jacobson woke to find him in their home.

Investigators said Boonstra and Kyle got into a struggle in the home when Tennyson grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Boonstra to death, saving her husband.

Police are still investigating the incident in an effort to determine how Boonstra chose to break in to the Jacobson’s home and whether or not he was the same person who attacked and robbed Tennyson Sunday afternoon.

NORTH BEND, Wash. — In a fight for their lives, a husband and wife worked together to defend their home and baby from an intruder.

JACOBSONIt happened early Monday morning in North Bend, a small, rural town east of Seattle.

A stranger came into their house, and when it was all over, the intruder was dead.

Police say what may have been a two-phase attack happened in a North Bend home.

First, on Mother’s Day afternoon, an attacker entered through an unlocked door, robbed and physically attacked the wife while her mother and 7-month-old baby were in the home.

Then, in another break-in 12 hours later, an intruder believed to be the same man entered through an unlocked window just before 2 a.m.

“It’s certainly not what you’d expect out here, we’re kind of at the end of the world, very rural. It`s very much a surprise to us and very much a shock,” neighbor Bill Beck said.

Kyle Jacobson, along with his wife, Tennyson, were asleep in bed when he heard his dog barking at the intruder.

A life or death struggle followed.

“He was confronted by the suspect in the house, a fight ensued. His wife woke up and came to help him and when she wasn’t able to help initially, she grabbed a knife out of the kitchen and apparently stabbed the suspect. The detectives say it appeared to be just a brawl, that it was just a horrendous fight.  The wife was the one who grabbed the knife and stabbed the suspect, unfortunately killing him but saving her husband,” King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said.

Police don’t know why the home was targeted twice.

It is very unusual for a home invasion to be random, especially twice in 12 hours, but this is believed to be just that — random — and that has neighbors spooked.

“I can’t even imagine. I can’t even imagine. This is a great family. They`re good people … I just hope the best for everyone, you know, pretty much the ordeal is over, I hope. There is going to be some emotions, some repercussions after having to do something like that,” neighbor Steven Vadjinia said.

Kyle Jacobson said his family is doing fine under the circumstances.

As for his wife, she posted this on her Facebook page Sunday:

“On my first Mother’s Day, I’m so grateful for an amazing, beautiful daughter that is safe in my arms, and the most incredible husband to be there to protect and support us. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

As for the suspect, he’s still unidentified.

NORTH BEND — It was a day and night of terror for one eastside family when a brazen Mother’s Day attack and robbery at their home was followed by a late-night break-in — and that’s when a husband and wife turned the tables on their attacker.

Neighbors are still getting used to the idea that Kyle and Tennyson Jacobson had to fight off an intruder in their home early Monday morning.

Investigators said the Jacobson’s dogs woke them up just before 2 a.m. Monday. When Kyle went to check out what they were barking at, he was attacked and that’s when Tennyson jumped into action, stabbing the intruder and killing him.

“It’s certainly not what you’d expect out here — we’re kind of at the end of the world, very rural,” said their neighbor Bill Beck. “It’s very much a surprise to us and very much a shock.”

The Jacobson’s 7-month-old child and mother-in-law were home during both crimes. Investigators agree the case is definitely out of the norm.

“This is very unusual,” Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff’s Office said. “I know that some people said that you know there is no such thing as a random home invasion, but it does appear to be that at this time.”

The family didn’t want to be interviewed on camera, but Tennyson posted the following to her Facebook page on Sunday saying, “On my first Mothers Day, I’m so grateful for an amazing, beautiful daughter that is safe in my arms, and the most incredible husband to be there to protect and support us. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Authorities don’t know the identity of the intruder but are working to trace him.

NORTH BEND, Wash. — A woman stabbed and killed an intruder who was wrestling with her husband early Monday morning.

An intruder entered the home of Kyle and Tennyson Jacobson around 1:40 a.m. in the 10100 block of 420 Avenue SE. According to police, the couple, their infant daughter and mother-in-law were sleeping when they heard their dogs barking and growling. Kyle got up to let the dogs outside and he was confronted by a man inside the house.

North Bend familyThe two men began to fight and wrestle. Tennyson then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed the suspect while he fought with her husband. The suspect died at the scene.

According to police, the homeowners didn’t know the intruder. The suspect’s name and description have not yet been released. According to King County Sheriff’s deputies, a number of screens had been removed from the windows.

Deputies had responded to the house 12 hours earlier after receiving a report that Tennyson and her daughter were accosted by an intruder. Police said the man came in through an unlocked door and assaulted and robbed Tennyson. Police are investigating whether the dead intruder is the same man who entered the home Sunday.

Tennyson posted this message on her Facebook page Sunday:

On my first Mothers Day, I’m so grateful for an amazing, beautiful daughter that is safe in my arms, and the most incredible husband to be there to protect and support us. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

NORTH BEND, Wash. — Police said an intruder that was killed early Monday morning by a homeowner may have broken into the same house 24 hours earlier, accosting the homeowner’s wife and infant son.

North Bend scene Officials with the King County Sheriff’s Office said the home in the 10100 block of 420 Avenue SE was broken into Sunday, prior to the home invasion Monday that left a suspect dead.

A man allegedly broke in through an unlocked back door sometime Sunday, police said, and assaulted a woman who has a 7-month-old child in the home. The suspect demanded money before fleeing the scene. He could not be found by police.

Police can not say for certain that the man who broke into the home Sunday was the same man stabbed and killed by the homeowner Monday, but they are looking into the possibility.