Bellingham-area man in custody after deadly assault at motel


David A. Solomon

David A. Solomon


BELLINGHAM - A man wanted in the beating death of Ike P. Scarborough over the weekend turned himself into police early Tuesday morning, Dec. 17, Bellingham Police said.

David Alan Solomon Jr., 34, went to the Bellingham Police Department at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and turned himself in. Detectives interviewed him and then booked him into Whatcom County Jail on a warrant for first-degree murder.

Early Sunday morning, Solomon allegedly kicked in the door to Scarborough's motel room at the Aloha Motel, 315 N. Samish Way, confronted and then assaulted him. Scarborough, 33, of Bellingham, died Monday from his injuries.

Someone at the motel called police at about 2:40 a.m. and when officers arrived they found Scarborough unconscious with severe head injuries, said police Lt. Rick Sucee.

Scarborough was taken to St. Joseph hospital with life-threatening injuries. Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel said Scarborough had been declared brain dead, turning the assault into a homicide investigation.

An autopsy is set to take place after Scarborough's organs can be donated.

Sucee said any talk of a motive for the attack would be speculation at this point.

At the hospital, police found Cody Alexander George, 25, who they believe drove Solomon from the motel after the attack. George was brought into the police station to be interviewed by detectives and was then arrested on suspicion of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

George and Solomon both live on Michael Road on the Lummi Indian Reservation.

Anyone with information about the assault  should call Detective Al Jensen at 360-778-8609.

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