Crime

Bellingham police seek Cornwall Park stabber; victim will survive

Sketch of person who stabbed another man during a robbery Wednesday, March 16, at Cornwall Park in Bellingham.
Sketch of person who stabbed another man during a robbery Wednesday, March 16, at Cornwall Park in Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A 23-year-old man is expected to survive after he was stabbed in a mugging in Cornwall Park this week, according to police.

His attacker, however, remained at large Thursday, March 17.

A composite sketch of the stabber’s face was released Thursday evening by the Bellingham Police Department.

The victim had been walking along a trail around 4 p.m. on a sunny Wednesday afternoon just south of the park’s tennis courts, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

A tall Hispanic man came up to him from behind and demanded his wallet, according to police. Once the man refused, the robber stabbed him and ran off.

The victim still had the knife hilt sticking out of his abdomen when police reached the scene. He also suffered slash wounds to his cheek and arm.

An ambulance rushed him down the street to St. Joseph hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, and he did not need surgery, police later learned.

The attacker was described as 6-foot to 6-foot-2, wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a blue jacket or hoodie. He had short brown hair. At least one witness saw someone matching that description riding a bike south out of the park.

Tips can be directed to Detective Sue Howell at 360-778-8682. Or visit cob.org/tips.

Bellingham Police search Cornwall Park for the suspect in a stabbing on Wednesday, March 16, in Bellingham, Wash.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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