MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — Yesterday, July 12th, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release notifying the community that a 1st degree attempted murder arrest warrant had been issued for Pavel Eduard Vasilchenko.
According to a probable cause statement provided by the WCSO and submitted into Whatcom County Superior Court by prosecutors, details behind the warrant are explained.
WCSO deputies were dispatched to the Kendall Fire Station in Maple Falls on July 11th at about 6:40am due to a report of a stabbing victim being there. The victim had gashes on an arm and the top of a shoulder and was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St Joseph’s Medical Center.
It was learned by deputies through interviews with witnesses, the stabbing followed threats and harassment toward the victim over 48 hours by another man, Donald Kelly Siguaw, age 37. Siguaw believed the victim had assaulted his son and repeatedly yelled at him to leave the area and made threats about what would happen if he did not.
Early Sunday morning, July 11th, the victim and his girlfriend arrived at their Maple Falls residence and Vasilchenko reportedly came up to their vehicle. According to a WCSO press release dated today, July 13th, he began pounding on 1 of the vehicle’s window. The victim got out of the car and Vasilchenko began shoving the victim while yelling “leave or you’re dead.” The victim was reportedly stabbed multiple times while trying to run away. The victim’s girlfriend who was armed with a handgun confronted Vasilchenko who then retreated to a neighboring residence.
Siguaw was arrested Sunday and faces a felony charge of harassment with threats to kill or do bodily injury. He posted an $800 cash bail bond the next day and was released.
Vasilchenko was booked into the Whatcom County Jail by WCSO this afternoon, July 13th, about 3:20pm after turning himself in.
This story was updated at 5pm to include the booking information and additional details of the crime as provided by the WCSO.