BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University (WWU) officials issued an alert communication today, Saturday, May 21st, after 2 students were reportedly stabbed after a party.
According to the alert, the 2 were stabbed in the 1100 block of Billy Frank, Jr. Street about 12:30am. The stabbing occurred during an altercation after a party.
The victims went to Bellingham Fire District station #3 at the intersection of Billy Frank, Jr. Street and E Maple Street for help and were treated by EMTs. According to law enforcement radio transmissions at the time, at least 1 was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.
The WWU alert said, “A person of interest was seen heading away from campus after the incident.” The alert described the person as a white male, age 20-21, weighing 150 pounds and 5-foot 11-inches tall. He was seen carrying a silver knife.
Bellingham Police Department (BPD) Spokesperson Lieutenant Claudia Murphy told Whatcom News via email that BPD officers were called to an altercation in the 1100 block of Billy Frank Jr. Street. The officers were informed a group of people were attempting to restrain a person after an altercation. The individual was able to get away before police arrived.
The officers were also told a person who appeared to have been stabbed was at the fire station nearby, getting medical treatment. The individual with the stab wound was taken to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center for further treatment. Murphy said the victim sustained a non-threatening, minor stab wound to the back.
The victim told investigating officers he was stabbed while trying to stop an altercation.
According to Murphy, “There were other victims who were spit upon and punched during the altercation, no other stab wounds of which we are aware at this time in the investigation.”
Based on interviews with several witnesses, Murphy said the suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, 5-foot 11-inches to 6-foot 1-inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and a black baseball cap.
Murphy said they are looking for anyone with information about what led up to the altercation or can assist in identifying the stabbing suspect. BPD is asking anyone with information to contact them via the following methods.
Email tip line – www.cob.org/tips
Phone tip line – 360-778-8611
Anyone with video or photos which might be of assistance is asked to call 360-676-6911 and ask to speak to an officer for directions about how to share the photos or video with BPD.