NORTH BEND, Wash. - Thursday evening North Bend residents packed a community meeting to discuss crime trends as well as a recent deadly home invasion.
Earlier this week a North Bend home was the target of two home invasions in a 12 hour span, with the second one ending with the intruder being stabbed and killed by one of the homeowners Monday morning.
King County Sheriff s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West said the first intrusion happened around 2 p.m. Sunday. A man came in through the back door of the home. A woman, her 7-month-old baby and her mother were inside.
The intruder allegedly punched the mother and injured her, took some money and left.
Deputies used dogs to search the area for several hours, but didn t find the intruder.
At about 1:45 a.m. Monday, the male homeowner heard his dogs barking. When he went to let his dogs out, he was confronted by a stranger inside the home. The two got into a fight, joined in by the homeowner s wife.
At some point, one of the two homeowners stabbed and killed the suspect, said West.
You have to do what you have to do to protect your loved ones, said neighbor Steven Vadjinia. I would have done the same thing.
You have to protect yourself. Better them than you, said neighbor Linda Elsner.
Deputies believe Kenneth Boonstra, 48, was responsible for both home invasions.
On Thursday night, North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner addressed the crowd.
Homeless, drug addict, transient - none of this had anything to do with it. The rumor got started. I don t know how, said Toner. The suspect in this case lived in our community, he had a family, he was anyone of us.
The King County Sheriff's office is still investigating why Boonstra, a divorced father of five, would target the home.