Witnesses intervene in ‘random’ stabbing outside Wilco

Crime

Vancouver police said there's no threat to the public

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man witnesses said was acting erratically is in Vancouver police custody after allegedly stabbing one person in the parking lot of a Wilco store.

Just after 1 p.m. Vancouver police were called out to the Wilco on NE 162nd Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man who was pinned to the ground by several people, and another man who had been stabbed in the face and neck and was getting assistance from other bystanders.

The victim, who was only identified as a 55-year-old man, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. Witnesses said he was stabbed with a box cutter. Police said witness intervention in the stabbing likely saved that man’s life.

It’s not clear at this time what led up to the assault at the store at 162nd. Police said the attack appeared to be random — the victim and the suspect didn’t know each other.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Nathan Karch, of Vancouver. Police said after interviewing him, he was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on an attempted murder charge.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver police.

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