King County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Andrew Lagerquist with second-degree murder, alleging he fatally stabbed a 76-yearold Federal Way man with whom he'd been staying.
A motive for the attack remains unclear, but a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said the two men argued the night before the Saturday morning slaying.
Don Marinoff was sitting in a chair in his living room when Lagerquist, 25, attacked him and stabbed him six times in the stomach, thighs and left hand, according to charging documents.
Lagerquist then left the home in the 4800 block of South 288th Street and walked several blocks to the home of a friend he reportedly told about his fear of returning to prison.
A warrant had been issued for Lagerquist’s arrest after he failed to report to the state Department of Corrections for a scheduled visit. He is on probation for a 2007 sentencing for first-degree robbery, for which Lagerquist served 14 months in prison.
He also has misdemeanor convictions for firearms violations.
The friend, who eventually gave Lagerquist a ride to another nearby home, told deputies, “Andrew was acting strange, making comments that made no sense and sweating heavily for no apparent reason,” according to charging documents.
At the second home Lagerquist visited, only a 14-year-old girl and her friend were home. The teen allowed Lagerquist inside to use the phone and change his clothes. The girls told deputies they heard Lagerquist yelling at someone on the telephone and possibly saw him concealing a knife.
He remains in custody at the King County jail.