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Random attack leads to large police response on Queen Street

BELLINGHAM — A former U.S. Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder punched a random Bellingham man on his porch Sunday evening, Jan. 26, leading to a large police and paramedic response in the Roosevelt neighborhood.

Police believe 24-year-old Jonathan Lionel Pablik walked up to the resident in the 2500 block of Queen Street and asked what time it was — about 5 p.m., the man told him — before walking off. Pablik then came back and, without warning, hit the man in the face, breaking his glasses, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

He resisted arrest when police showed up. Police took him to the ground. Pablik was acting very odd, but Vander Yacht was hesitant to call it a case of excited delirium. Three officers held Pablik there until paramedics could load him onto a stretcher and take him to St. Joseph hospital. He has since been booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief.

Pablik had no history with local police, but in the past month four court cases were brought against him in Snohomish County. It's not clear why he was in Bellingham, Vander Yacht said.

Pablik, who grew up in California, served in the Marines Corps until 2011. He came home from Afghanistan after his Humvee got hit by rocket fire, and he has since been diagnosed with PTSD, according to his family. Police said he appeared to be having a "severe" episode Sunday.

Last year Pablik set out on what he called a personal journey in the Pacific Northwest. He went missing in the Seattle area in May 2013, prompting his mother to ask the public for help finding him.

Q13 FOX aired this story about Pablik, and his struggles with PTSD, when he was found 12 days later.