Assault charge ahead in stabbing

Teen goes to adult court after fight in which neck was cut

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A 17-year-old Vancouver boy appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court after being accused of stabbing another teenager in the neck Friday.

Bobby A. Vasquez faces a charge of first-degree assault at his Aug. 23 arraignment. Judge Suzan Clark held him on $50,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Gregg Schile to defend him.

The case was remanded from Juvenile Court to adult court because of the seriousness of the allegation.

Vancouver police officers were called at 2:13 a.m. to a unit at the Camden Place apartments at 4701 N.E. 72nd Ave. for a report of an assault with a weapon.

Vasquez and the 18-year-old victim apparently were involved in an altercation during which Vasquez allegedly stabbed the victim in the neck. A probable cause affidavit filed in court provided no details on the cause of the dispute.

Deputy Prosecutor Julie Carmena said there was a significant gash in the victim's neck. However, the injury is not life-threatening, police reported.

Vasquez denied using a knife during the fight, but police found the weapon hidden behind a mirror, according to the affidavit. Vasquez then admitted to having the knife during the fight but continued to deny that he used it, the affidavit says. He maintained that he hit the victim only with a closed fist, the affidavit says.

Vasquez' only criminal history involves possession of marijuana, Carmena said.


Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; paris.achen@columbian.com.