BELLINGHAM — For the second time in two weeks, a former U.S. Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was arrested in a violent episode after stabbing two men in the common area of their home Saturday, Feb. 8, according to police.
Police say Jonathan L. Pablik, 24, stabbed two men, ages 63 and 53, in an unprovoked rage around 5 p.m. Saturday evening while the men were playing a dice game and “minding their own business” at their home in the 1800 block of Alabama Street, Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said. It was not known if Pablik also lives in the home, which is rented by the room and has shared common areas.
Pablik was booked into Whatcom County Jail late Saturday night on suspicion of two counts of second-degree attempted murder, according to a police news release.
The 63-year-old victim, who is the property manager at that address, remained in critical condition Saturday night with chest and abdominal injuries, Vander Yacht said. Doctors expected the 53-year-old victim, who had injuries to his head, neck and arm, to be fine, and he remained in stable condition in the intensive care unit Saturday night, Vander Yacht said.
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Others in the home pinned Pablik to the ground after the attack so he could not harm anyone else or himself, Vander Yacht said.
Pablik still had the knife that was used to stab the two victims when officers arrived, but they were able to get it from him without much of a struggle, Vander Yacht said. He was treated for minor injuries at the hospital, released to police Saturday evening and booked into jail.
On Jan. 26, Pablik was booked into jail on suspicion of fourth-degree assault after walking up to a random man sitting on his porch in the 2500 block of Queen Street, asking him what time it was, and punching him in the face. It was not known what the conditions of his release from jail in that case were as of Saturday night.
More details about that incident can be found here.
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