Kirkland murder victim's former boyfriend arrested for assaulting pregnant woman

Amy Hargrove was found murdered in her mother
Amy Hargrove was found murdered in her mother's Kirkland home in January.
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The former boyfriend of murdered Kirkland resident Amy Hargrove has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in Seattle. The Seattle police report for the recent incident states that Burrell Michael Cushman is also currently under investigation for domestic violence homicide but does not site the Hargrove case specifically.

Cushman was arrested by Seattle Police June 20 after they were notified of a potential domestic violence dispute.

This is also not the first time Cushman has been accused of abusing a pregnant girlfriend. In 2012, he had a restraining order filed against him by Hargrove. In the petition, the then 28-year-old Hargrove claimed he had abused her for three years, including during her pregnancy, as well as raping her multiples times and forcing her to have sex with one of his family members. Hargrove was later found strangled to death in her mother's home on Jan. 6 of this year.

According to Seattle police documents, Cushman's current 28-year-old girlfriend claimed he had hit her that morning when she said she was too tired to get up and go with him to his job interview in Kirkland, according to the Seattle police report.

After they arrived in Kirkland, the alleged victim claimed she went to Evergreen Hospital in Seattle, where she was treated by staff due to continued pain in her abdomen, police documents state. When she was told the doctors possibly wanted to admit her to the hospital, she allegedly refused and did not report the alleged incident to doctors or file a police report.

After obtaining a ride to her mother's house, she returned to her residence and allegedly got into another argument with Cushman over where she had been. The alleged victim later told police he threw her property on the ground and told her to leave the house. He then pushed her backwards into a wall and held her there, then slammed her head into the wall, the documents continue. The alleged victim told police he then proceeded to tell her she wasn't allowed to leave the house. Cushman and the woman live in a home in Seattle on the same block where search warrants were served in Hargrove's murder.

After police identified the suspect, a SWAT team was called due to his violent criminal history and current investigations, according to police documents.

Cushman was arrested for domestic violence assault and booked into the King County Jail. Police did not see head injuries and were unable to locate any other possible injuries on the alleged victim's stomach because she was wearing a dress.

According to the police report, the alleged victim is 20-weeks pregnant.

Cushman was eventually charged with two counts of assault. His pretrial date is schedule for July 14, with bail set at $100,000.

This is not the first time Cushman has been arrested. In 2010, he was arrested after a high-speed chase with police from Bellevue to Lynnwood resulting in his car, which had children inside, being flipped during a police maneuver.

Cushman also has three felony convictions. He is restricted from owning a firearm but according to the Seattle police report he is known to carry a gun.

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