Officer: pot debt motivated Lynnwood stabbing

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) - Snohomish County sheriff's officers say a stabbing that involved a 5-inch steak knife apparently was prompted by a marijuana debt unpaid for more than four years.

The Daily Herald reports that a 43-year-old man suffered a knife wound to the chest Sunday evening after witnesses say they saw him having an apparently friendly conversation with another man who was wearing a suit and carrying a cane.

The stabbing took place outside a Lynnwood-area restaurant. Doctors at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle say the knife came close to piercing the man's heart.

Deputies arrested a cane-carrying man in a suit as he walked along a highway a few blocks from the stabbing scene.

In his report, Detective Brad Pince says the man arrested for investigation of first-degree assault initially claimed self-defense, then mentioned the marijuana debt.