Bellingham Police: Woman stabs man, runs away without a word

A woman approached two men sitting on a sidewalk, stabbed one of them in the leg and left without saying a word early Monday morning, Dec. 15, according to Bellingham police.

Jordan Christine Raney, 27, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. under suspicion of first-degree assault shortly after the alleged stabbing, Detective Sgt. Jason Monson said.

Two men in their 20s were sitting on a sidewalk near 1300 Cornwall Avenue when Raney allegedly stabbed one man in his thigh with a 3-inch, fixed-blade knife, Monson said. The men told police that she did not speak to them and there was no prior confrontation. Monson said the men did not know Raney.

“They have no idea why she did it,” Monson said.

The 27-year-old man had a small laceration in his thigh, Monson said. He was treated at the scene and then transported by paramedics to St. Joseph hospital.

Police found Raney near the scene minutes after receiving the call, Monson said. She denied stabbing the man and refused to talk to police any further. Police recovered the knife believed to be used at a dumpster nearby, Monson said.

Police have contacted Raney several times in the last decade, Monson said. She was convicted of first-degree trespass in October 2013. Charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree theft from May 2014 were later dismissed. She remained in Whatcom County Jail on Monday afternoon.