VANCOUVER – A man suspected of stabbing two people outside a Vancouver strip mall Monday afternoon was held down by bystanders until police arrived to arrest him.
Police were called just before 5 p.m. to the report of a stabbing at 11502 Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. A woman told police she heard someone scream, “he’s got a knife,” as two men struggled in the parking lot of the Starbucks.
Bystanders detained a suspect, later identified as 55-year-old Scott C. Fandrich.
Seeing he had a knife, the crowd backed off until one person grabbed a shovel and was able to hold Fandrich at bay until police arrived, according to police reports.
Police said 71-year-old Jerry Kush was stabbed five times in the neck and abdomen, he was taken in for surgery. Another man, 49-year-old Jerry Nehnevaj, was stabbed in the leg, he was treated and released.
A friend of the suspect’s told detectives they had gone to the Starbucks to discuss religion, according to a police report.
The friend said Fandrich had followed victim Kush out of the building and later heard sirens.
The friend told police Fandrich had made “statements to him in the past about his willingness to die for Islam and knows that Fandrich has conflicts with people.” Fandrich was also treated for injuries and later charged with two counts of first-degree assault.