Abducted girls found safe, stabbing suspect remains at large

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 12:11 PM

SHORELINE, Wash. -- The Amber Alert for two young girls abducted by their mother in Shoreline early Thursday was canceled after the children were located unharmed with a relative. The suspect, Doreen Starrish, still remains at large.

The Amber Alert was issued after Starrish, 28, allegedly stabbed the girls' father at their Shoreline home early Thursday, then fled with their daughters, ages 7 and 3.

Starrish is described as Native American, 5'8" tall, about 170 lbs with brown eyes.

Around 8:20 a.m. Thursday, detectives were called to a house in the 1500 block of NE 190th Street, where Starrish, the girls' father and the two children lived. After an argument, Starrish allegedly stabbed the victim in the chest, grabbed the children and took off in a 2000 silver Lincoln Navigator with Washington license plate ABK0976.

Around 1:20 p.m., Seattle police officers spotted a man driving the Lincoln Navigator near Lake City Way and NE 140th Street and stopped the vehicle; however, neither the suspect nor the two children were inside.

The driver told police he had picked up the suspect with the two children and dropped them off at a McDonald's at NE 205th and 15th Avenue NE.  He said another friend picked them up in a black Cadillac STS. King County sheriff's deputies were searching for the black Cadillac STS.

The girls' father, Aaron Smith, was transported to Harborview Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.

Friends and neighbors in Shoreline said the couple often fought and it was a troubled home.

"Never once could they get along for more than an hour," said Brooklyn Jones, friend of Starrish.

Jones said Starrish and her ex had a rocky relationship and that Starrish endured years of abuse.

"I think it was built-up anger, hatred and rage towards the physical, emotional and mental abuse," said Jones.

If you see the suspect, you are asked to not approach her; instead call 911 immediately.


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