A Puyallup man who was denied entry at Gonzaga University was so angry that he stabbed a cab driver to death after leaving campus, authorities said.
Jacob Coleman, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Gagandeep Singh, 22. He was arrested Tuesday in Idaho.
Investigators said Coleman flew from Seattle to Spokane to start classes Monday and was furious when told he could not because he’d never registered.
“As Mr. Coleman was not enrolled as a student, he was never assigned to campus housing and was informed of this fact by the Housing and Residence Life Office,” according to a statement from Gonzaga University.
He began having murderous thoughts and flagged down a cab, asking for a ride to a fake address, according to the Bonner County Sheriff’s Department.
At one point, Coleman allegedly asked the taxi driver to stop at a store in Ponderay, Idaho, where he bought a knife.
Singh pulled over after realizing Coleman did not have a genuine destination in mind, which is when Coleman allegedly stabbed him to death.
Singh’s family called the cab company after he failed to check in with him, and deputies started a search that ended when his body was found in the taxi.
The investigation is ongoing.
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