Pierce County prosecutors have charged Michael Turner with second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment for the May 14 incident, which occurred at the couple’s apartment in the 200 block of South 80th Street.
Turner was drunk when he allegedly threw a pot of boiling water on his girlfriend, who suffered serious burns to her chest. She was missing several strips of skin when she frantically sought help at a neighbor’s home, according to charging papers.
Turner tried to stop her from leaving and told her to stop screaming in pain because the police would come, court records show. When he went to retrieve lotion, the victim ran out the door and asked a neighbor to call 911.
By the time officers arrived, Turner had left the apartment. Their children were found sleeping inside, unharmed.
Turner is described as black, 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has three tattoos: the name “Mikey” on the left side of his neck, the name “Jessyka” on his left hand and anoutline of Washington State on his chest wit the words “King of the Hill.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for his arrest. Tipsters may call 253-591-5959.