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Suspect arrested on murder charges after two men found stabbed to death in Vancouver

Photo of Dustin Zapel from Vancouver Police

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A man is facing murder charges Sunday as part of a double homicide investigation in Vancouver.

Two men were found dead at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday outside an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Fort Vancouver Way, which is near a Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Clark College.

Both men died of apparent stab wounds, police said.

Police named 35-year-old Dustin Zapel a person of interest in the case. He was arrested at about 9 a.m. near the intersection of NE 94th Avenue and Covington Road, eight miles from the stabbing scene.

Zapel was booked into the Clark County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

The homicide happened near Central Park Place, a transitional apartment complex for homeless veterans. It is on Veterans Affairs Medical Center property, but managed by the Vancouver Housing Authority.

Residents say Zapel lived in the complex along with the victims. Police are withholding their names until family members have been notified.

"This is a nice quiet place to live, it's peaceful, people are friendly to each other," said one resident who did not want to be identified. "There was never really any problem ever, in two years of being there that I've never seen." The man went on to describe Sunday morning's homicide as "shock, surprise, disbelief."

Other residents in the building reported that Zapel had been acting strangely in recent weeks.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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