EVERETT, Wash. – Court documents say a suspect in a stabbing attack Tuesday morning at the Everett Transit Center attacked the victim because he was urged on to by voices in his head that told him the victim was about to kidnap a woman.
Officers and medics responded to the scene, in the 3200 block of Smith Street, about 11:05 a.m. after receiving reports of a stabbing, said Aaron Snell of the Everett police.
A black male was found at the transit center with stab wounds. He was taken to Providence Medical Center and underwent surgery
The suspect, identified as Steven Koropp, 25, was taken into custody, Snell said. A knife with a six-inch blade was found in his pants pocket, court records say.
Under questioning, Koropp told investigators he did not know the man he had stabbed, but had seen him watching a white woman at the transit center, according to court records.
Koropp then said he saw the man approaching another white woman who was with a group of people and told detectives he decided he should stab the man before he could kidnap her, court records say.
Witnesses said the suspect punched the victim and chased him, then began stabbing him in the neck, according to the case file. The victim kept trying to escape and came into contact with a transit deputy, who stopped the attack and called in other officers and medics.
One of the investigators wrote it was clear that the suspect was suffering from some kind of mental illness and had attacked a complete stranger and assaulted him for no reason, court records say.
Koropp made his first appearance Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior Court and was ordered held on $1 million bail.