A man was murdered last weekend in Washington following a brief confrontation with another man turned violent.
Police say that 29-year-old John Huynh was stabbed to death by Ian Patrick Williams, a 25-year-old college student.
The suspect has now been charged with second degree murder.
Initial motives for the murder included the possibility that it was a hate crime.
Police are now alleging that the attack may have been motivated by the fact that the victim was not wearing a mask.
The suspect allegedly told his mother following the murder that he was attacked by an “anti-masker.”
A 25-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder with a deadly weapon in the stabbing death of a Bothell resident.
Ian Williams allegedly stabbed 29-year-old John Huynh outside a Bothell apartment building on Sunday, April 25. Huynh stopped to talk with Williams after he flipped Huynh off for unknown reasons, according to witnesses. Williams then allegedly stabbed Huynh in the heart.
Huynh was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bothell police initially said that they were investigating motives for the murder, including the possibility of a hate crime.
Now it appears that another motive is being considered.
The suspect's actions may have been motivated by the fact that the victim was not wearing a mask.
According to Bothell police, Williams ran upstairs to his mother's apartment following the stabbing.
According to KIRO7, his mother allegedly told police that Williams claimed that "an anti-masker" attacked him.
Police said a lot of witnesses at the apartment building and at restaurants across the street with outdoor seating saw everything that happened.
“Easily, 10, if not more,” Keller said. “I would think there would probably be in the ‘more’ category right now.”
Bothell police said immediately after the stabbing, Williams ran to his third-floor apartment he shared with his mother. Williams’ mother told police her son was “very excited and told her an anti-masker had attacked him,” according to court documents.
Police said Williams was found in a bedroom of his apartment with bloody cuts on his hands. Williams also told officers where to find this folding knife with a 3-inch blade, which police believe is the murder weapon, in a bathroom nearby. Williams’ mother told police her son carried the knife to open boxes.
Williams refused to make a statement after his arrest, according to police.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $60,000 for Huynh’s widow to pay for funeral expenses, which include transporting the body to Pennsylvania, where Huynh was born.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family of the victim.
The media jumps at the chance to call everything a hate crime, yet is now silent about the fact that this man may have been murdered for not wearing a mask.