EVERSON — At around 2 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Everson and Sumas police officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 7600 block of Goodwin Road east of Everson.
The location was of a large party at the Glen Echo Community Center building with several hundred people in attendance, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
Reports were that a fight had broken out involving numerous people and that there were multiple stabbing victims. The suspect had reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle.
First-arriving officers from the Everson and Sumas police departments found four stabbing victims at the scene, all adult males. Two of the victims had serious, life-threatening injuries, one a stab wound to a leg and the second a stab wound to the abdomen. These two victims were immediately treated by law enforcement to stop the bleeding until medical aid units arrived on scene. Two other victims had received less serious stab wounds to the torso and a hand. All four victims were transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center by ambulance.
Deputies learned that the altercation apparently arose from a previous grievance between the parties that had spilled over at this celebration. WCSO deputies and detectives interviewed multiple people and were able to identify the suspect as 38-year-old Antonio Santiago Vazquez of Lynden.
On Wednesday, May 5, deputies located Santiago Vazquez near Lynden, and he was arrested without incident and booked into the Whatcom County Jail on three counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault.