Suspect in FWay death held on $500,000 bail

Bail was set Monday at $500,000 for a 25-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a 76-year-old Federal Way-area man.

The suspect, whose last known address was in Des Moines, was in custody in the King County Jail in Seattle on Monday on investigation of second-degree murder.

He had a warrant for failing to report to a community corrections officer in Federal Way as a condition of his 2007 sentencing for first-degree robbery, a corrections spokesman said. The man served 14 months in prison for the robbery.

The 25-year-old is suspected of stabbing the older man around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the victim’s house in the 4800 block of South 288th Street in the Federal Way area.

An argument preceded the stabbing, said a spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses identified the suspect, who was arrested a short time after the stabbing Saturday at a nearby house in Federal Way, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died about 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect had been staying at the victim’s house, but the two were not related, the sheriff’s spokesman said.

A spokesman for the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that his office was still working on the case and wasn’t releasing the name of the victim.

The News Tribune is not naming the suspect because he hasn’t been charged with a crime. King County prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge him.