YAKIMA, Wash. -- A 19-year-old man is in custody after allegedly stabbing another man Saturday evening, stealing a truck and leading authorities from multiple agencies in a pursuit that began south of Toppenish and ended near Sunnyside.
The stabbing of a 56-year-old man in the 800 block of Blue Heron Road was reported at 6:05 p.m., according to a news release from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect stole a farm truck parked near the home and fled, authorities said.
Responding officers saw a vehicle matching a description of the stolen truck near Conny Road and State Route 223. The suspect fled when they tried to stop him.
Officers from the police departments of the Yakama Nation and Granger, Mabton, Sunnyside, Zillah and Grandview, along with the sheriff’s office, Washington Department of Fish and Game and Washington State Patrol, all worked together to capture the man, according to the release.
Authorities used spike strips during the pursuit, which ended when the suspect crashed the stolen vehicle at the intersection of State Route 241 and Van Belle Road.
The stabbing victim was treated at a local hospital; his wounds are not life-threatening at this point, the release noted.
The suspect, an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, was taken to a local hospital for treatment and medical clearance before being booked into the Yakima County Jail on charges of eluding and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Those crimes occurred outside the external boundaries of the Yakama Nation, authorities said.
The stabbing and vehicle theft occurred within the boundaries of the Yakama Nation; those crimes are being investigated by the Yakama Nation and the FBI.
“This case is another example of good partnerships and teamwork throughout the law enforcement agencies within the Yakima Valley,” said the release prepared by Sgt. W.N. Boyer.
“Without the good working relationships and teamwork demonstrated in this case it is very probable this violent and dangerous suspect would have escaped capture.”
Those with any information related to this investigation are asked to contact the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 509-574-2500 or CrimeStoppers at 800-248-9980. Visit www.crimestoppersyakco.org.