A university senior has been charged with the fatal stabbing of asian american man outside an apartment complex in Bothell, Wash. in what witnesses described as an “unprovoked” attack on Sunday night.
The details: Ian Patrick Williams, 25, was charged with second degree murder and held on $ 2 million bail Wednesday after Bothell police found him in his apartment moments after the stabbing near the entrance of Villas in Beardslee on 112th Avenue, according to Kiro7.
John Huynh, the 29-year-old victim, was leaving the building with several people including his wife, according to police reports.
Williams, who lives on the third floor of the building, allegedly gave him the finger to which Huynh responded by asking if he “fired him or waved him”, witnesses reported to police. Seconds later, Williams then stabbed him in the chest.
Police said Willams was found with “bloody cuts on his hands” in the bedroom of his apartment on the third floor of the same building the victim had left from. Court documents revealed his mother, who shared the apartment with him, told police Williams was “very excited and told him that an anti-masker had attacked him.
Police found a folding knife with a 3-inch blade, believed to be the murder weapon, in a bathroom near Williams’ bedroom. The mother told the police that he carried the knife to open the boxes.
Witnesses said the two had never met before the incident and investigators said it appeared they had no previous relationship.
Investigation: The investigation “has only just begun,” said Cam Johnson, bothell police public information officer, as police continue to search for the motive.
“I know there have been a lot of questions around the motive and this investigation is still in its early stages,” Bothell Police Captain Bryan Keller said. Komo News, in response to whether the case would be investigated as a hate crime.
Some witnesses speculated that it appeared Huynh was targeted because of his race, while others noted that the attack did not appear to be provoked.
Bothell Police urged anyone with information to contact their industry at (425) 486-1254.
Support for the victim’s family: Two verified GoFundMe campaigns were created to support the victim’s family and for the cost of funeral services.
One is organized by Simi mullen in the name of Huynh’s widow, Rumeet, and another by her cousin, Kin Tran, for Huynh’s parents.
They have raised over $ 68,000 and $ 13,000, respectively, at the time of writing.
Featured Image Via Simi mullen (left) Kin Tran (right)
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