UPDATE: Man stabbed in downtown Vancouver; suspect quickly arrested

Victim knew assailant, named him immediately, police say

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: May 7, 2011, 12:05 AM

 

Vancouver police arrested a man late Friday night after he allegedly stabbed another man near East Evergreen Boulevard and Broadway and fled.

At 9:22 p.m., 911 dispatchers radioed that the assailant was running north and the victim was on the ground with numerous stab wounds.

When officers arrived, they asked paramedics to rush to the scene “Code 3” — lights and sirens activated.

The victim was conscious and had a stab wound to his neck and others to his leg. He told officers he knew the assailant and gave them his name, Officer Dave Chamblee said later.

Officials broadcast the assailant’s name and description: a white man in his 50s with long dark hair and a receding hairline, carrying a backpack and appearing to be homeless.

The suspect was arrested near East Mill Plain and Grand boulevards at 9:41 p.m., less than 20 minutes after the stabbing was reported. He's believed to have caught a C-Tran bus to where he was spotted, Chamblee said.

Before the arrest, a C-Tran dispatcher had asked drivers to watch for the suspect.

David W. Williams, 52, of Vancouver was found with minor injuries consistent with being in a fight. He was taken to the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree felony assault, Chamblee said.

Police didn't release the victim's name, but said he was taken to a hospital with injuries believed not life-threatening.