Mehmet Ali Whicker

Man charged in fatal stabbing at Tukwila light rail station

A 30-year-old man has been charged in the stabbing death of a 29-year-old Friday Harbor man at the Tukwila light rail station on Oct. 2.

A 30-year-old man has been charged in the stabbing death of a 29-year-old Friday Harbor man at the Tukwila light rail station on Oct. 2.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Oct. 5 charged Mehmet Ali Whicker with one count of second-degree murder. He was arrested by Tukwila Police shortly after the stabbing and remains in custody at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on $1 million bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 17.

At about 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, emergency responders were dispatched to the Tukwila International Boulevard Station, 3651 Southcenter Blvd., for a report of a stabbing.

The victim, Jesse L. Goncalves, was found bleeding from his torso and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he died. According to an autopsy conducted by the King County Medical Examiner’s office, Goncalves was stabbed six times – three times in the chest, twice in the back and once on the arm – and died from the chest wounds which punctured his heart.

Witnesses told police Whicker and Goncalves were involved an altercation that escalated when Whicker pulled out a knife and stabbed Goncalves. It appears Whicker did not know Goncalves, according to police.

Police found Whicker several blocks from the station, matching the description given by witnesses, and he had blood on his hands and clothing.

Whicker initially denied being at the light rail station, but later admitted he was there. He told police Goncalves hit him in the face, but he did not hit or punch Goncalves.

“When asked about the blood on his hands and clothing, he said he tripped on the highway and cut his lip,” according to charging documents.

When investigators told Whicker there were witnesses at the light rail station and video surveillance footage of the incident, Whicker became upset and knocked a water bottle off the table.

“Whicker said, ‘If you say I had a knife in the video, if I have a knife, I have knife because people won’t jump, because I keep getting my bones broke…'” according to charging papers. “‘You saw the video, whatever is going to happen is going to happen. I’m not going to say I stabbed the guy. I’m not proud of what’s going on, I’m not happy'”

Whicker has an extensive criminal history, including felony convictions in Washington for second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, residential burglary, second-degree theft and counts of first-degree and second-degree possessing stolen property. He also has federal convictions for counterfeiting, as well as a larceny conviction from North Carolina and convictions for theft, eluding and assault from Pennsylvania.

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