Man fatally stabbed in Mountlake Terrace; Friend taken into custody

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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. —

Detectives are investigating a fatal stabbing early Saturday morning in Mountlake Terrace.

According to police, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment in the 6300 block of St. Albion Way before 2 a.m.

A woman was locked in her bedroom and reported that her 20-year-old roommate had a fatal wound to the neck and his friend had fled the scene.

When police and medics arrived at the home, the roommate had multiple stab wounds and had died at the scene.

Authorities said after the initial call, 911 operators received a call from a 20-year-old man who said that he had just, “killed his friend.” He stayed on the scene and was arrested.

The man was cooperative and officers later took him into custody. He was booked at the Snohomish County Jail and charged with second-degree murder.

Friends of the victim at the apartment complex identified him as “Forest.”  They also said the attacker was “Toby.”  Toby Sauceda was the only person booked for murder into Snohomish County Jail Saturday out of Mountlake Terrace.

Saturday morning, Mark Coutee was in the apartment sleeping, when another friend began screaming.  When he went to check it out: “There was blood everywhere, then I saw Forest laying on the ground, and I tried to run and put a towel on his neck to help,” Coutee said.

Coutee and other eyewitnesses said that Forest was the only one who really knew Sauceda.  He said Forest was trying to keep some Xanax pills away from Sauceda because he had a drug problem.  That’s when the stabbing happened, according to eyewitnesses.