BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police Department logs show a suspect in Sunday’s parking lot stabbing incident was located and arrested after 11pm on Wednesday, March 16th.
Marcus David Kaptinski, age 29, was booked into Whatcom County Jail and charged with suspicion of 1st degree assault after being arrested in the 4200 block of Meridian Street in Bellingham. While jail records do not indicate a related charge, according to a BPD press summary log, he was also “arrested for Obstructing Law Enforcement after fleeing from officers on foot.”
The assault charge is related to an assault in the parking lot of a retail business in the 1200 block of W Bakerview Road about 1:20pm, Sunday, March 13th.
At the time, BPD Lieutenant Claudia Murphy told Whatcom News in an email that officers located a victim conscious and talking in a vehicle with a puncture wound to the chest. Officers rendered first aid until Bellingham Fire Department medics arrived. There were few details available about what led up to the victim being stabbed.
The BPD press summary log later noted the stabbing incident likely occurred during “a drug deal.”
The victim was transported by Bellingham Fire Department aid crews to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
As of March 19th, Kaptinski remained in custody and is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Whatcom County Superior Court on March 21st.
Kaptinski also faces a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle in another Superior Court case. He was out of custody on personal recognizance. An arrest warrant was issued in February after he failed to appear for a hearing in that case. His jail recent booking shows that he was also booked under that warrant.
In 2019, Kaptinski pled guilty to a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 6 months in custody and required to pay a $500 “victim assessment” fee.
As of the 2019 sentencing, Kaptinski’s criminal history included felony convictions for 1st degree robbery, 3rd degree assault, forgery and multiple counts of 2nd degree theft.