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Tacoma man sought for vicious domestic violence attack

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A Tacoma woman went out with her friends one night last July. When she came home, officers say her boyfriend, Kylen Wilken-Johnston, walked into her room and threatened to kill her. She told officers she begged him to stop as he choked her until she passed out. Police say she told them she “felt her brain was going to explode and her eyes were going to pop out of their sockets.” She doesn't know how long she was unconscious but he was gone when she came to.

The Tacoma Police officer who interviewed her the next day says, “Her eyes were completely red with no white portions visible. The center of her eye appeared distorted, and both of her eyes were black and brown." She was also in a lot of pain and having trouble breathing.

Turns out, Wilken-Johnston already had a felony conviction for Domestic Violence Assault in the 3rd degree. Now, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged him with Domestic Violence Assault in the 2nd degree and Domestic Violence Felony Harassment.

His alleged victim says he continues to try to contact her despite a restraining order and he's not showing up for his scheduled court dates.

“Our office appreciates the assistance from Crime Stoppers and Washington’s Most Wanted,” said Lindquist. “As a community, we want this defendant in custody.”

Kylen Wilken-Johnston is 37 years old. He's supported himself in the past by working as a bartender in Fife. If you know where Tacoma Police can find him, call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at (1) 800-222-TIPS (8477). All calls are anonymous and there is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Wilken-Johnston is one of the fugitives featured on Washington's Most Wanted Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.