Man suspected of fatally stabbing mother, and man in wheelchair in Thurston County Monday

Staff writerSeptember 23, 2013 

Sheriff’s detectives believe one man is responsible for two stabbings on the Marvin Road corridor in Thurston County Monday, including one that killed the suspect’s mother.

A 30-year old man was in custody Monday night, arrested on suspicion of stabbing his mother to death at her home on Foxhall Drive in the Hawks Prairie area, and for allegedly stabbing a disabled man in the neck in the 900 block of Marvin Road.

The man was expected to be booked into the Thurston County Jail on Monday night on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon.

The Olympian is not naming the suspect because he has not been charged with a crime.

The stabbing victim, who uses a wheelchair, was in critical condition at Providence St. Peter Hospital on Monday night, and his injuries were considered life-threatening, Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said.

It was a chaotic Monday for Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to two stabbings about five miles apart within a few hours. Investigators were first dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of Marvin Road about 3 p.m. A woman there had called 911 after finding a 67-year-old man in the doorway of his home bleeding from his neck.

The woman had gone to the home because she had found a dog wandering in and out of traffic on Marvin Road that she believed belonged there. When she went to the open doorway, she saw the man lying on the floor inside bleeding, his wheelchair nearby, Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said.

Brady said the man had suffered stab wounds to the neck and head, as well as defensive stab wounds to the hands that were consistent with being attacked.

Brady said the stabbing victim uses a wheelchair, and cannot walk on his own.

Detectives recovered a screwdriver at the scene that was believed to have been used in the stabbing.

About 4 p.m., detectives developed information that a 30-year-old man driving a brown Ford F150 pickup was a person of interest in the man’s stabbing, and broadcast his name and vehicle information, including license plate number, to the media.

Shortly after, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a second stabbing, this one fatal, on Foxhall Drive. The deceased woman’s husband had come home from work to find his wife’s body in the garage from multiple stab wounds, Elwin said.

The woman’s husband told sheriff’s deputies immediately that he believed the woman’s biological son, was responsible, Elwin said.

Detectives found a screwdriver for a chainsaw in the garage of the Foxhall Drive home that is believed to be the weapon, Elwin said.

Detectives also learned that the man was a former next-door neighbor of the other stabbing victim.

Deputies pulled over the man’s brown pickup on Foxhall Drive after 4 p.m., across the street from his mother’s home, Elwin said. The man was placed into custody and was cooperative with deputies.

Detectives had obtained a search warrant for the man’s residence in Lacey on Monday night, Elwin added.

A neighbor and friend of the male stabbing victim, said he was shocked to learn that the suspect, whom he also considers a friend, may be responsible.

The suspect is a landscaper by trade, but is currently unemployed.

Neighbors on Foxhall Drive said the homicide victim was recently retired from the military. Her husband is also in the military and still works at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, they said.

“They’re great people,” neighbor Dick Wadley said.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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