Bremerton woman allegedly stabbed husband to escape strangling

A woman allegedly stabbed her husband Thursday after she said he choked her in their residence following an argument over money and cigarettes.

According to a certificate of probable cause, multiple Bremerton police officers responded to a report of a domestic assault on Hartford Avenue. A neighbor, who made the initial report, advised the wife and two children came over to her residence, with the children claiming the man was trying to kill their mother, documents read.

The man, Ken V. Deneau, told police his wife was upset and intoxicated before she “came at him” and stabbed him with a kitchen knife in the leg. He also said he had allegedly pushed her back with his hand on her chest and neck area, and the second time she came at him, his hand went up to her neck, according to documents.

His wife also talked to police, claiming he grabbed her by the neck and took her to the ground, strangling her with enough force that it limited her ability to breathe. According to the certificate of probable cause, the wife attempted to grab what she could, which ended up being a kitchen knife that she used to stab him in the leg.

A BPD officer observed redness on the victim’s neck, documents state. The wife also noted a history of domestic violence issues from Deneau since he had gotten out of jail.

“With the evidence of marks on [her] neck and claims of being strangled, it appeared the stabbing was done to cease an assault by strangulation,” the certificate of probable cause states.

Deneau was arrested for assault in the second degree.