Wapato resident fatally stabbed by men who knocked on door, demanded money

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WAPATO, Wash. — Yakima County investigators have launched a homicide investigation after a 51-year-old man was stabbed in front of his own home by two men who police believe were threatening him for money.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, police officers and deputies responded to a residence on the 200-block of West C St on the evening of Thursday, May 12 for reports of a man who was assaulted and bleeding heavily from his chest.

Law enforcement agents immediately began first aid measures and CPR while medics rushed to the scene. Once they got to the home, medics took over life-saving measures until finally, the victim succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead in front of his residence.

Authorities have since identified the victim as Daniel Torres-Natera.

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A homicide investigation was handed over to Yakima County investigators by Wapato police. That’s when detectives and crime scene investigators processed the crime scene to search for evidence and learn what occurred.

They discovered that two men knocked on the victim’s front door and demanded that he hand over his money. The victim refused to give up any of his money and one of the suspects produced a weapon. They proceeded to stab the man in the chest. An official autopsy has been scheduled for May 19, 2022.

Now, Yakima County law enforcement has turned to the community for help identifying the suspects. You may email Detective Dunn at dustin.dunn@co.yakima.wa.us, call (509) 574-2500, or submit a tip online through www.crimestoppersyakco.org.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued once further details are revealed.


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