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Witness could not be located, charge dropped in parking lot stabbing case

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The suspect in a parking lot stabbing incident in March saw a charge of 1st degree assault with a deadly weapon dropped after at least 1 witness could not be located according to Whatcom County Superior Court documents.

Marcus David Kaptinski, age 29, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on March 16th and charged with suspicion of 1st degree assault related to an incident in the parking lot of a retail business in the 1200 block of W Bakerview Road on March 13th.

At the time, Bellingham Police Department (BPD) Lieutenant Claudia Murphy told Whatcom News via email that officers located a victim in a vehicle with a puncture wound to the chest but conscious and talking. Officers rendered first aid until Bellingham Fire Department medics arrived.

The BPD press summary log later noted the stabbing incident likely occurred during “a drug deal.”

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The victim was transported by Bellingham Fire Department aid crews to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Kaptinski already faced a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle in another Superior Court case. He was out of custody on personal recognizance at the time of the stabbing incident. An arrest warrant was issued in February after he failed to appear for a hearing in that case and bail was set at $25,000. He remains in custody pending being able to post bond while awaiting trial.

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.

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