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UPDATE: Three suspects charged with first-degree assault in Redmond trail stabbing
Three suspects have been charged with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing a 28-year-old man last week on a trail along the Sammamish River in Redmond.
At 3:07 p.m. on June 13, several employees of an office building in the 8400 block of 154th Avenue Northeast located the victim, who had multiple stab wounds.
The man was stabbed and/or slashed in the neck, face and torso four to six times and had walked to the office building from an adjacent trail. The employees administered first aid and called 911. The injuries appeared to be life threatening. The victim was treated by Redmond Fire Department (RFD) personnel and immediately transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Julie Beard, spokesperson for the Redmond Police Department (RPD), said he was released from the hospital on Saturday.
Redmond police responded to the scene within minutes and located and detained three suspects, based on descriptions provided by the victim. Officers located the suspected crime scene and evidence, including a blade and bloody clothing. The Redmond police K9 team conducted a track and confirmed that the suspects had been at that crime scene.
Beard said in addition to the three suspects, all 20-year-old males, it is possible that others could face charges as the investigation continues into whether any additional people were involved or present during the attack.
She said all three suspects were homeless and were known to be staying around the Eastside.
The victim indicated that he met the suspects at another location and walked with them to the area of the trail, which runs alongside the Sammamish River. The victim was then attacked with a blade and possibly a stun gun. He was able to flee on foot and find help.
“We believe this was not random, but a planned event,” Beard said.
She added that RPD does not see a lot of incidents on local trails and this one appears to be a targeted attack.
Redmond detectives are continuing to investigate.
Beard offered a few tips on how people can stay safe while on the local trails.
First, she said, people should know their access points along the trail. In addition, people should know their locations at all times, meaning the nearest block numbers or streets. Beard said people should also report any suspicious activity they witness.
Finally, Beard said, “If you’re planning to venture off trail or into areas you don’t know well, let someone know where you’re headed and when you’ll be back.”