HOQUIAM, Wash. - A 16-year-old boy was identified as a suspect in connection with a fatal stabbing of a man early Saturday morning, according to the Hoquiam Police Department.
Police said at 3:10 a.m., an officer on a routine patrol saw a vehicle which appeared to be involved in a collision near the intersection of 28th Street and Bay Avenue. The officer found a white 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt that left the roadway and struck a rock embankment.
The officer checked the vehicle for victims, but no one was inside.
According to police, the officer noticed the airbags deployed, found a large knife on the roadway near the driver’s door and spotted blood on the door.
About 30 yards from the vehicle, the officer found a shoe in the roadway and a knife sheath with blood on it. After finding the items, the officers believed the incident was more than a hit-and-run collision.
Officers with the Hoquiam and Aberdeen responded to the scene after the discovery.
According to police, during a check of the area for persons involved, a woman contacted an officer and told him she had received a call from her son. He told her he was “going to do something terrible.” The woman directed police to her son’s location which was a block from the scene.
Upon contacting the woman’s son, he admitted to stabbing the driver of the white car during an altercation at a nearby apartment complex, police said. He then said the driver sped off in the white vehicle.
Moments later, officers found a man down on the ground in a yard near an alley about two blocks from the location.
Officers checked for a pulse on the man but could not locate one, and they immediate began life-saving efforts until paramedics arrived, police said.
The Hoquiam Fire Department arrived at the scene to continue lifesaving efforts, however they were unsuccessful and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have tentatively identified the man as a 20-year-old from Aberdeen.
Police identified the suspect as a 16-year-old Hoquiam boy.
Detectives with the Hoquiam Police Department are currently interviewing the suspect and potential witnesses, and the incident is still being investigated.