Heartsick San Carlos woman kills boyfriend’s pet lizard, allegedly threatens suicide

A San Carlos woman allegedly threatened to commit suicide on the Caltrain tracks Tuesday, several days after stabbing her boyfriend’s pet lizard to death in a jealous rage.

Shawn Kim Apour, 37, appeared in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday on seven felony and four misdemeanor charges related to the massive weeklong meltdown.

Apour was arrested Friday after knifing her live-in boyfriend's bearded lizard in the shoulder and vandalizing three cars outside their San Carlos home, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The boyfriend told authorities she had accused him of flirting with other women.

The lizard was treated for the injuries but died days later.

One of the vandalized cars was a prized 1958 Buick belonging her boyfriend’s brothers, while the others were randomly targeted, Wagstaffe said.

Apour left jail after posting the $25,000 bail. Then four days later Apour was seen walking on the train tracks in San Carlos. She resisted a sheriff’s deputy's attempts to get her off the tracks, at one point trying to swipe the deputy’s Taser and firearm from her holsters, Wagstaffe said.

Eventually the deputy subdued her. She was arrested on charges of trying to disarm a deputy, trespassing, resisting arrest and committing a felony while out on bail.  

Apour told the deputy she tried to get at the gun because “the government was screwing her.”

Appour’s bail was set at $200,000 Wednesday and she remains in custody, Wagstaffe said Thursday. She is scheduled to enter her plea on Aug 19.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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