SEATTLE (AP) — The ex-husband of a woman found slain in her Bellevue residence was charged with murder Friday, and prosecutors said he stabbed her 72 times.

Officers found 35-year-old Nataliya Vabishchevich dead in her apartment Monday after a co-worker called police to report blood and a body in the apartment. The co-worker had gone to check on her after she didn’t show up at work, documents said.

On Thursday, 46-year-old Aleksandr Polak was arrested in Los Angeles. Investigators said he boarded a Greyhound bus in Seattle after an interview with detectives. He was arrested with the help of Los Angeles police and the U.S. Marshals Service. Bellevue investigators followed Polak on the bus and interviewed passengers he spoke with.

Polak had $5,000 in cash with him and asked fellow bus passengers how to get to Mexico, the charges said.

Vabishchevich told friends that her husband had threated to kill her and she feared for her safety after the couple divorced in 2007, according to investigators.

The couple had a 14-year-old son who lived with Vabishchevich. After her body was found, detectives went to the boy’s middle school to talk to him about his slain mother, and he told them about the couple’s troubled relationship.

When officers found Polak in Edmonds, he had cut marks on his neck and finger as well as stains on his clothes and the interior of the car he was driving.

Polak denied being in Bellevue early Monday, saying he went to the city during the evening to see his mother, according to charging documents.

Polak is charged with first-degree murder.

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