Clark County

Stabbing, assault and carjacking lead to man's arrest

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A man stabbed his girlfriend and assaulted her father in an apartment before carjacking a vehicle and crashing during an attempt to get away, according to Clark County Deputies. 

The girlfriend, the father and a woman, whom the suspect carjacked, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The third person, according to deputies, was injured while they attempted to get out of the way of the suspect who was then driving his vehicle. 

The suspect was later identified as 24-year-old Sankara Etienne.

Anglia Gavagan saw the whole incident unfold outside of the Bridge Creek Apartments in Hazel Dell. After a woman's van was carjacked -- while she was still inside -- Gavagan, sitting behind the wheel of her car at the time, pulled up to the driver side window and honked the horn at the suspect.

"He looked at me dead in the face like he had no remorse for what he was doing," Gavagan said.

The woman inside the car eventually fought her way out, Gavagan said.

"When she was getting out her arm got caught in the seatbelt and so it drug her under and it looked like it went on top of her," Gavagan said.

Etienne reportedly drove the van and crashed in a dirt field near the apartment complex. He returned to the area and got into an Audi. Deputies showed up, but they said Etienne didn't cooperate. Gavagan said she saw the deputies break the car windows before tasering Etienne and taking him into custody.

Etienne was booked into Clark County Jail for attempted murder, assault, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, violation of a No Contact order and a district court warrant.

Gavagan said she hopes Etienne, unlike the look she saw in his eyes, will eventually show some remorse. 

"That's not something any human being should do to another human being," she said. 

Officials are continuing to investigate the incident.


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