The parking lot of a Lynnwood apartment complex where a man was allegedly stabbed Oct. 8. (Lynnwood Police)

The parking lot of a Lynnwood apartment complex where a man was allegedly stabbed Oct. 8. (Lynnwood Police)

Lynnwood man arrested for allegedly stabbing acquaintance

They were arguing at an apartment complex and began fighting.

LYNNWOOD — A Lynnwood man has been arrested after an alleged stabbing sent another man to a hospital earlier this month.

The suspect, 20, reportedly pulled up to his Lynnwood apartment complex in the 19800 block of 50th Avenue West in a white Kia Optima the afternoon of Oct. 8, according to a police report.

Another man, 39, went to the 20-year-old’s apartment. They had known each other for a while. The two argued, then fought, the 39-year-old told Lynnwood police.

In the parking lot, the 39-year-old slipped and fell. He told officers the other man got on top of him and started throwing punches, according to the police report.

The man on the ground felt something wet on his leg. He didn’t know what it was.

He said he did not see a knife, according to court papers.

The man who was allegedly stabbed got to his feet, but the 20-year-old and another person pushed him back down, he reported. He looked at his arm and saw blood “pouring” out of it, he told police in an interview at a hospital.

A witness corroborated to police much of the man’s account, according to court papers. The witness did not see the knife but saw the man bleeding. He said the suspect and a woman drove away in the Optima.

The suspect was arrested Friday afternoon in Bellevue for investigation of first-degree assault.

In an interview with detectives, the suspect said he had known the man he is accused of stabbing for about three months. According to the suspect, the 39-year-old was upset because he thought he could live at the apartment for $50 rent.

The suspect said he was walking up the stairs when the man kicked him in the face.

The suspect told police the man grabbed a knife from the pocket of his jacket and yelled something along the lines of, “You aren’t going to do (expletive),” according to court documents. The suspect said he grabbed the knife, cutting his own hand.

He told detectives he couldn’t remember much of what happened next, but he reportedly acknowledged stabbing the 39-year-old man a couple times, according to police.

The suspect was in the Snohomish County Jail in Everett on Monday.

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

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