Arrest made after homeless man loses hand to homemade firework


A Washington man is accused of throwing the explosive device in the victim's direction

LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN) — New Year’s Eve festivities turned disastrous Sunday morning after Longview Police say a homeless man lost his hand to a homemade firework explosion.

At approximately midnight on New Year’s Eve, police say an illegal explosive device was thrown at 49-year-old Ron Turnboo’s tent where he lives near Ninth Avenue and Vandercook Way. He picked up the item before it erupted.

Law enforcement told KOIN 6 News, that Turnboo suffered severe injuries to his right arm and hand before deciding to travel nearly two miles in freezing temperatures, on foot to the nearest hospital. Police told KOIN 6 News, officers were able to locate Turnboo at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, by following the trail of blood he left behind. 

Law enforcement confirmed 25-year-old Corey Barlette of Longview WA, was arrested the same day for allegedly throwing the explosive device in the direction of Turnboo. The Cowlitz County Jail roster shows Barlette was released from custody on Monday and now faces one charge of second-degree assault.

According to reports by the Associated Press, Bartlette’s arraignment is scheduled for January 13.

Now, a stranger is leading an effort to help Turnboo recover.

Amanda Hart set up a GoFundMe for Turnboo with money raised going to a motel stay during his recovery.

“I wanted him to have a nice safe place for him to stay while he recovers because that’s gonna take months. I had a ton of people reach out to me, say they know Ron, say he’s just the sweetest guy that was reflected in the conversation I had with him,” Hart said.

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