Enumclaw Courier-Herald


Bail set at $250,000 for suspect in stabbing of teen near Enumclaw

August 30, 2013 · 5:55 PM

The suspect in the Aug. 24 stabbing of a 14-year-old boy near Enumclaw was arrested Aug. 28 by King County Sheriff's detectives.

James Allen Sweet, 21, turned himself in to detectives after his family saw he was at large following the crime. Family members told Sweet to surrender to detectives, according to Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswomen for the King County Sheriff's Office.

Sweet was arrested under the charge of first-degree assault and bail was set at $250,000 by King County Superior Court.

The stabbing incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the victim's residence.

According to the sheriff's office charging form, the boy was at his house celebrating the birthday of an 18-year-old cousin.  Sweet is a friend of the cousin and arrived at the residence at about 9 p.m.

The group was sitting around a campfire.

According to the sheriff's document, about 15 minutes after Sweet arrived the boy "was joking with his other cousin when Sweet became angry over a comment about the fire."

Sweet came after the boy, "flipped off his hat and grabbed his arm."

According to the document the incident calmed down and Sweet told the boy he "should not mess with a Juggalo, suggesting he himself was a Juggalo gang member."

Sweet got up and went to his backpack, then confronted the boy again.

The boy, "thought Sweet punched him in the side, but quickly realized that he had been stabbed."

The boy went to his house and his mother called 911.

The cousin reported to deputies he saw Sweet stab the boy in the side.

The document reported Sweet "attempted to apologize, put the knife back in his backpack and fled the scene on foot."

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated for a stab wound and lacerated liver. He was reported to be in stable condition following surgery.

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