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UPDATED: Man arrested for attempted murder after stabbing at Hannegan Road residence

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to a residence in the 5000 block of Hannegan Road about 10:50pm, Sunday, April 24th, due to a report of a stabbing.

Approximate location of the incident

Initial reports via law enforcement radio transmissions at the time were that a victim had been stabbed in the neck and the suspected assailant was being cooperative with law enforcement.

According to information provided to Whatcom News by WCSO via email, the person who initially contacted 911 was Joshua John McDonald, age 29, from Bellingham, who stated he had a psychotic breakdown and stabbed the victim multiple times. McDonald worked for the victim as a full-time caregiver.

The victim told investigators McDonald’s demeanor changed after the assault when he said he would call 911.

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The victim was treated at the scene and transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center by medical aid personnel.

Deputies arrested and booked McDonald into the Whatcom County Jail just after midnight and charged him with suspicion of 1st degree attempted murder and 3rd degree malicious mischief.

As of late Monday, April 25th, McDonald remained in custody pending being able to post $1,500,000 bail after making a preliminary appearance in Whatcom County Superior Court.


This story was updated at 4:45pm with information provided by WCSO.

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