Bellingham stabbing suspect to be charged with attempted murder



Jonathan L. Pablik, 24, accused of two counts of second-degree attempted murder, leaves his first appearance in Whatcom Superior Court at the Whatcom County Jail Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Police say Pablik stabbed two men, ages 63 and 53, in an unprovoked rage around 5 p.m. Saturday at their home in the 1800 block of Alabama Street.


BELLINGHAM - Prosecutors will charge an ex-Marine with two counts of second-degree attempted murder for an unprovoked double-stabbing this weekend on Alabama Street.

Jonathan Lionel Pablik, 24, silently read from a blue paperback study Bible before his first appearance in court Monday afternoon, Feb. 10. His bail, set at $500,000 over the weekend, has been boosted to $750,000.

Pablik, a California native who served overseas in the U.S. Marine Corps until 2011, has a history of post-traumatic stress disorder. Court records suggest he moved from the Everett area to Bellingham in January.

On Saturday evening, he'd been invited into a home in the 1800 block of Alabama Street. The property manager, 63, and a resident, 53, were playing a dice game in one of the common areas of the home, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht. Pablik walked into the kitchen around 5 p.m.

"When he came out, his whole demeanor had changed," Vander Yacht said.

The younger man was sitting down, distracted by the game, when Pablik came up from behind and stabbed him with a 7- or 8-inch chef's knife, police said. He suffered injuries to his head, neck and arm, but none of the wounds were life-threatening. Pablik then stabbed the older man in his torso. He was hospitalized with more serious injuries but had improved to stable condition by Monday.

Other residents pinned Pablik to the ground. He still had the knife when police arrived, Vander Yacht said.

Formal charges should be filed later this week, according to the county prosecutor's office.

Last month Pablik spent a brief time in jail when a resident in the 2500 block of Queen Street - a five-minute walk from the stabbing scene - reported a young stranger, identified as Pablik, punched him in the face at random, breaking his glasses.

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