William O. Douglas Courthouse courtroom

William O. Douglas Courtroom, Yakima (Library of Congress)

A 21-year-old Toppenish man was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison Tuesday for stabbing a man in 2018.

Josiah Jacob Arquette pleaded guilty in September in U.S. District Court to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the March 17, 2018, incident.

Arquette went to a home in the 800 block of Blue Heron Road near Toppenish around 6 p.m. that day and claimed he was looking for help finding a lost dog, according to court documents. When the man who answered the door refused Arquette’s request, Arquette opened the door and stabbed him twice, once in the arm and once in the stomach, the documents said.

Arquette then ran from the house and stole a white flatbed pickup truck from a neighboring property, the documents said, and led Granger police on a high-speed chase that ended in Sunnyside. The truck crashed after Sunnyside police and Washington State Patrol troopers spiked the tires, the documents said.

Yakima County sheriff’s deputies assisted with the arrest. The stabbing was investigated by the FBI and charges filed in U.S. District Court because Arquette is a Yakama Nation citizen and the attack occurred on the reservation.

His victim was not a Yakama citizen, court documents said.

State charges for eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle were dismissed without prejudice after the federal charges were filed. By dismissing them without prejudice, county prosecutors reserved the right to refile the charges if necessary.

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