Police said a murder suspect called the victim he allegedly stabbed to death an “anti-masker” soon after last weekend’s incident outside a Bothell, Washington, apartment building, the Seattle Times reported.
What are the details?
Charging documents say John Huynh and two friends exited the Villas at Beardslee apartments just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday and headed to a car parked nearby where Huynh’s wife was waiting, the paper said.
With that a man — a stranger and fellow resident of the apartment building — flashed his middle finger, and Huynh stopped to ask him if he had flipped him off or waved to him, the Times said, citing charging papers.
The pair faced each other about four or five feet apart when the man lunged forward, stabbed Huynh in the chest, and then ran back into the building, the paper said, citing the charges.
A friend of Huynh ran over and put pressure on the wound, and witnesses called 911 and got the attention of a Bothell police officer who was across the street, the Times said, citing the charging papers.
Soon a woman approached a police officer and said her son had been involved and needed medical attention for a cut on his hand, after which she gave the officer a key to her third-floor unit, and police entered the apartment and arrested 25-year-old Ian Williams in a bedroom, the paper said, citing the charges.
Williams’ mother told police her son ran into their apartment yelling for her and “told her that an anti-masker had attacked him,” a Bothell detective wrote in charging papers, the Times said, adding that “she told him to show her where he was hurt, and he initially said he was not hurt, but he thought he hurt the other guy.”
Police later obtained a warrant to search the apartment and found a folding knife with blood on the blade in the bathroom, the paper said, citing the charges, adding that Williams’ mother told police her son normally carries a knife for protection and to open boxes.
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The detective wrote in the charging documents that in reviewing video of the incident, Huynh and his friends exited the apartment building lobby doors three minutes after Williams, and as Huynh walked by Williams, something drew his attention, and the pair faced each other, the Times said.
“Their arms are not raised and they do not make physical contact,” the detective added, according to the paper. “Suddenly, Ian Williams makes a thrusting motion toward Huynh, and Huynh stumbles backward.”
When Williams ran back inside the lobby, video showed him still holding a knife in his right hand, the Times reported, citing the charges.
Huynh — whose stab wound was to his heart — died at the scene, the paper said. He was 29 and a newlywed. The paper, citing an online wedding website, said Huynh and his wife were married in Renton in November. A GoFundMe campaign has raised over $72,000 as of Friday morning to provide financial support to Huynh’s wife and parents, the Times said.
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What happened to the suspect?
Williams — who hadn’t had previous disputes with Huynh — was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and jailed in lieu of $2 million bail, the paper said, citing court and jail records. Prosecutors told the Times that Williams — who does not appear to have any criminal history — is scheduled for a May 12 arraignment.
Williams also is a college senior studying computer science, KIRO-TV reported.
“I know there have been a lot of questions regarding motive, and this investigation is just in its beginning process,” Bothell police Capt. Bryan Keller told the station.
Deadly stabbing investigation underway