Seattle man stabbed at Willow Place Apartments over weekend

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

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An unknown suspect allegedly stabbed a 19-year-old Seattle man, who is not a WSU student, in the chest during a confrontation Friday night at the Willow Place Apartments.

Pullman Police received two calls just before 8 p.m. Friday night, Pullman PD Cmdr. Chris Tennant said.

One call came from someone at the apartment complex reporting a group of eight to 12 men apparently arguing for most of the day. Tennant said one man was put into a car as members of the group talked about needing to transport the person to the hospital, while another man held a bloody knife.

The other call came from WSU’s Washington Building, where Health & Wellness Services is located, to report a 19-year-old man had arrived with a stab wound, Tennant said.

Pullman PD and WSU PD officers went to the Washington Building to provide first-aid to the victim. Officers discovered the knife had penetrated one of the victim’s lungs, Tennant said. Other PPD officers went to the scene of the stabbing.

The victim was transferred to Pullman Regional Hospital, where he underwent surgery Friday night. His injuries were listed as serious but not life-threatening, Tennant said.

None of the witnesses have cooperated with the police investigation, he said, and the stories police have heard do not appear to match the physical evidence.

“We’re not making leaps and bounds on this investigation at this point,” Tennant said. “Detectives did talk to the victim on Saturday … but he’s not necessarily forthcoming with information that is credible.”

Police are attempting to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle used to transport the victim to the Washington Building to search for evidence, Tennant said. Officers do not have any leads.

“Detectives are still working it as the primary case,” Tennant said, “but we’re a long ways from identifying a suspect at this time.”