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Man accused in Orchards-area stabbing over loud music

Victim was treated at hospital for wound to his neck

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter
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A 56-year-old man appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court for allegedly stabbing an acquaintance in the neck while fighting over loud music.

Adam J. Dudash has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree assault. Judge Daniel Stahnke set Dudash’s bail at $25,000. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23.

Court records do not list an address for Dudash but note he was born in Lorain, Ohio.

A Clark County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched shortly after midnight Saturday to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for a reported assault with a weapon.

The available information indicated that the victim, Christopher J. Sweigert, suffered a knife wound to the neck and drove himself to the hospital, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Sweigert said he was attacked by an intruder who entered his RV. He was being treated when initially questioned by the responding deputy, who noted the man had a large cut on his throat from his Adam’s apple to the right side of his neck, the affidavit says.

After being treated, Sweigert said Dudash drove to his RV in the 10800 block of Northeast 87th Avenue. The men drank alcohol and played music loudly from Dudash’s car. The deputies were called out for a noise complaint earlier that night, but Dudash reportedly increased the volume once they left, court records say.

Sweigert had been staying on the property for free and did not want to be kicked out by the owners, so he confronted Dudash. The men began to fight, striking each other in the upper body and face, according to the affidavit.

“After several moments, (Sweigert) walked away back to his RV. Inside the RV, he noticed he was bleeding from the neck,” the affidavit says.

Sweigert was unable to stop the wound from bleeding and drove himself to the hospital. He told the deputy he was probably slashed with a knife, but he did not see the weapon.

Court records say Dudash was arrested at the location of the stabbing at 2:15 a.m.

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