Teen suffers knife wound to neck at party

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian assistant metro editor

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A scuffle at a Vancouver house party early Sunday could have ended up being much worse if the knife wound on a 19-year-old man's throat had been deeper, police said.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., the teen and a man in his mid-20s began to fight while at a party of about eight people, Vancouver police Sgt. Jay Alie said. The party was at 12900 N.E. 50th St. in the North Image neighborhood.

When police arrived, they found the teen bleeding from his neck. The man in his 20s told police that he pulled a knife to stop the fight, but that the knife nicked the teen in the process, Alie said. The man with the knife was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, Alie said.

The teen's neck wound was about an inch long and a couple of centimeters deep, Alie said. The 19-year-old, who was alert and talking to authorities after the fight, was transported to a hospital with what ended up being a minor injury.

"The doctor said it could have been way worse," Alie said.

The teen was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol, Alie said.

Alie said the fight did not appear gang-related and that the people at the house party knew each other, including the two men involved in the scuffle.

Police did not immediately release the names of the two men.