Police: panhandling led to fatal Seattle stabbing



SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a man fatally stabbed outside a north Seattle doughnut shop apparently had angered a panhandler.

King County prosecutors say a 23-year-old woman arrested for investigation of murder in Monday’s stabbing was ordered held Tuesday on $1 million bail. Prosecutors have until Thursday to make a charging decision.

In court documents, police say the victim, 54-year-old Zerabruk Hebtemariam, apparently stopped his car when a woman flagged him down on Aurora Avenue North. He gave her a ride to a fast-food restaurant that shares a parking lot with the doughnut shop. Police say he also gave the woman $5 when she asked for money but refused to give her more, even when she pulled out a knife. Prosecutors allege the woman fatally stabbed him in the chest and fled.

Witnesses led police to a nearby hotel where the bloody woman was found.

Police arrested Karen R. Latham.