GRANITE FALLS — The man came with his family to camp at Green Mountain, in a remote area 10 miles east of Granite Falls, over the Independence Day weekend.
By the end, he had been stabbed several times and was taken to a hospital.
It was about 6 p.m. July 4 when a Spokane man invited a couple, who had just arrived in the area, to camp near his group, according to a police report filed in Everett District Court.
The suspect, a 32-year-old Marysville man, reportedly became drunk throughout the evening and argued with his girlfriend.
He decided at some point he wanted to leave, a witness told police. She refused to go with him. The Spokane man became worried about the woman’s safety. He intervened and told the man he wouldn’t let him put his hands on her, according to court papers.
The suspect briefly went to his car and came back to the campsite and “rushed” the other man, according to the court papers. A fistfight reportedly broke out. A witness said she saw the suspect punch the man in his stomach. But when the man lifted his shirt, he was bleeding.
“He stabbed me,” he reportedly said.
The wounded man called 911 just before midnight. He moaned in pain during the call, according to court papers.
He was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, where he had surgery for an estimated four to five wounds. He is expected to survive, court papers say.
There are two outdoor destinations known as Green Mountain in Snohomish County. Deputies noted the stabbing scene was off Forest Service Road 41, near Three Fingers.
A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy stopped the alleged assailant in his car on Mountain Loop Highway, just outside Granite Falls. The deputy reported the suspect had a red splotch on his cheek resembling blood.
In the suspect’s version of events, the other man attacked first. He recalled being punched or tackled, and feeling pain in his face. The suspect told detectives he felt he had to defend himself. The suspect didn’t remember stabbing anyone. If he did stab someone, he said, it would have been with a green folding knife he had in his car.
The suspect was booked Monday into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett for investigation of first-degree assault.
In his report, a deputy noted the Marysville man is being investigated for pending criminal cases from out of state. Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui set the suspect’s bail Tuesday at $200,000. He was in custody Wednesday.
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