Roommate in hospital following stabbing
Saturday, January 12, 2013
WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee man was stabbed across his face and neck Saturday, and his roommate is now in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on suspicion of first-degree assault.
Juventino Avila-Ramerez, 49, was taken to Central Washington Hospital, where he underwent surgery for three knife wounds, and was in stable condition on Saturday evening, said Wenatchee Police Sgt. Cherie Smith.
His roommate, Yonatan Acevedo-Felipe, 30, left the scene, but Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies located him about an hour and a half later sitting in a van in his brother’s driveway in Orondo, Smith said.
Smith said the 12:38 p.m. assault at 150 Crawford St. appeared to be unprovoked. “He just gets a couple of knives and attacks him. For no apparent reason, he slashes him across the face and neck three times,” she said.
Smith said another roommate and a neighbor both called police following the incident. But by then, a friend had already taken Avila-Ramirez to the hospital.
Smith said police found one very large kitchen knife and a medium-sized knife in a garbage can near the Crawford St. address. She said a third knife may have been involved, but has not been recovered.
As for motive, she said Acevedo-Felipe said something to police about avenging his brother, “but we don’t know what that means.”
Police are continuing to investigate, she said.
— K.C. Mehaffey, World staff
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