A 77-year-old man told Lakewood police he stabbed a business associate because he couldn’t handle any more deception.
The man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault and was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him not to have contact with the other man, who is still at the hospital in intensive care.
The incident occurred Monday in a parking lot in the 10100 block of South Tacoma Way where the two men met to discuss business.
“The victim stated he was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle when (the man) reached into the vehicle and stabbed him in the stomach,” according to charging papers.
The man “opined the defendant was crazy.”
Police aren’t so sure, and are investigating the defendant’s story that he has been taken advantage of by the other man since they first met about six years ago.
The defendant said the other man offered to help him a sell a car years ago but never gave him the money. He then allegedly persuaded the defendant to open a business with him, which became problematic because so many customers expressed concern about shady dealings.
The elderly man “was taking the brunt of all the people’s dissatisfaction but kept giving (the other man) more money and was never getting money back,” police Lt. Chris Lawler said Wednesday.
Police are looking into the defendant’s allegations. They have not yet been able to interview the other man.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653