March 14, 2013

Tony Barrett - Charged With Murder After Killing Wife, Asking Local News Station To Post Murder On Their Facebook Page

Sara Barrett Facebook (r.i.p. Sara)

Tacoma Washington (The Weekly Vice) - Tony Barrett, a 41-year-old Puyallup man was jailed Thursday after he allegedly murdered his wife, then called a local TV station and asked them to post the news of her demise on Facebook.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Barrett reportedly called station KOMO Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. and told them that he had killed his wife, 42-year-old Sara Barrett. He then asked them to post a message on Facebook about what he had done, because he didn't have an account of his own.

KOMO employees immediately called police.

Investigators say Barrett's story was confirmed after police found the victim's vehicle parked at Dupont Pier One Imports distribution center. When officers impounded and searched the vehicle, they found what appeared to be blood inside. The victim's body was later found at a local Motel 6.

When officers located and attempted to stop Barrett, he led them on a high speed chase that reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. When they were finally able to disable his vehicle with spike strips, he attacked officers with a crowbar.

A canine unit was used to bring Barrett into submission. He was treated at a local hospital for bite wounds and then booked into jail and murder charges.

In January 2012, Sara Barrett filed a petition for an order of protection against Tony Barrett after he allegedly stuck a knife in her side.

The petition also cited a previous domestic violence charge against Tony Berrett after he allegedly beat Sara and then tried to smother her with a pillow. The couple's oldest son broke down a bedroom door to intervene in the assault. Barrett pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and served one day in jail with two years of probation.

Tony Barrett then allegedly tried to commit suicide by ingesting pills and alcohol after Sara Barret informed him that she was leaving the relationship.

The couple had been in a relationship for almost 28 years.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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