Yakima police arrest fatal stabbing suspect

YAKIMA, Wash. — A 44-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after Yakima police say he stabbed another man to death.

Someone called police just after midnight Saturday and reported hearing screaming inside an apartment near South 32nd Avenue and Vincenta Drive, just off of West Nob Hill Boulevard.

Police said arriving officers found a 42-year-old man dead with multiple stab wounds laying on the floor.

“There was evidence of a struggle in the living room, with debris scattered all around,” court documents said.

As officers were searching the area, someone else called police to report seeing a man outside on a nearby property. Police found a 44-year-old man climbing over the chain-link fence separating the home where the incident occurred from the neighboring house.

Court documents show the man had blood on his clothes and was wearing an empty knife sheath. He had cuts on his hand and was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Investigators reportedly found two knives that appeared to have blood on them, on the ground near the fence where the suspect had been climbing. According to court documents, one blade was about 8 to 10 inches long and was consistent with the size of the suspect’s knife sheath, while the other was a small folding knife.

Witnesses told police the suspect and victim knew each other and were seen together earlier in the night.

The 44-year-old man was arrested and booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.

According to court documents, the suspect is a registered sex offender and in 2008, he was convicted of first-degree rape and second-degree assault in Grant County. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder in that same case, but the charge was later dismissed.

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