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Updated: Suspect in Bothell stabbing arrested, no comment on potential anti-Asian hate crime from police

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of homicide and is being held without bail.



Updated April 30, 2021, 7:45 PM: You can read our updated story here

Editor Note April 29, 2021, 10:40 AM: A previous version of this story identified Williams as a former real estate agent. That was in error. The story has been updated.

[SEATTLE] – (MTN) Ian Patrick Williams of Bothell, was booked into King County Jail on April 26 for investigation of homicide and as a suspect in the stabbing death of a 29-year-old Asian man in Bothell. Williams is being held without bail and a date for arraignment has not been set by King County prosecutors.

According to KIRO news, Williams gave the middle finger to two unidentified Asian men who live in the same apartment building just outside of the entrance. The stabbing victim reportedly said, “what is wrong with you,” and Williams lunged at him with a knife, stabbing him fatally in the heart. Bystanders and police tried in vain to save the victim.

Bothell Police will not say if they are investigating this as a hate crime. Williams was arrested moments after the attack and apparently made no statement to police or bystanders.

Williams is a computer science student in their senior year. He is being held at King County Jail for investigation of second degree murder.

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