A wild scene at an Enumclaw park culminated with a teenager suffering knife wounds and his assailant being dragged by a fleeing vehicle.
But those are just the more dramatic elements of a story that played out around midnight, as Sunday, July 26, gave way to Monday, the 27th.
According to Enumclaw Police Department reports, two males – one 19 years old, the other 17 – had agreed to meet at Dwight Garrett Park. The Porter Street venue is a popular destination with its skate park, basketball court and baseball diamond.
But the two teenagers, who know each other, seemingly weren’t interested in recreation when they arrived. The reason for their late-night rendezvous remained a mystery as of late last week, however, according to EPD Commander Tim Floyd.
Whatever the case, the situation quickly turned violent. The 19-year-old Enumclaw resident pulled a knife and the 17-year-old suffered slash wounds to his left forearm and shoulder along with a puncture wound to his chest.
The victim, Floyd said, is not a city resident.
Neither is being identified because charges have not been filed against the assailant and the victim is a minor.
The scene turned somewhat surreal when the bleeding victim jumped in his car and fled with three friends also in the vehicle. The assailant was running along beside the fleeing automobile and was eventually dragged. The driver then sideswiped a neighborhood vehicle, causing the stabbing suspect to fall to the ground.
The owner of the sideswiped vehicle happened to witness the event and reportedly got a good look at the suspect, who jumped up and ran after tumbling to the ground.
The initial call to police was simply about a hit-and-run, Floyd said, and patrolling officers soon located the 17-year-old’s car. It had been abandoned on Marion Avenue and, when police looked inside, “they saw blood everywhere,” Floyd added.
At about the same time, staff from St. Elizabeth Hospital were calling the Enumclaw Police Department, reporting that four people had arrived on foot, one of them sporting fresh knife wounds.
Two days later, the owner of the auto involved in the hit-and-run was in a local business and saw the young man who jumped and ran from the crime scene. He notified police, which directly resulted in the 19-year-old’s arrest.
As Enumclaw police continue piecing the story together, information has been forwarded to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.