Crime

Five stabbed in Spanaway barfight, deputies say

A drunken man stabbed five people during a bar fight Thursday night in Spanaway, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The 45-year-old Spanaway man was arrested on suspicion of five counts of second-degree assault and booked into the Pierce County Jail, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday afternoon.

According to Troyer:

Deputies were dispatched to the bar in the 16700 block of Pacific Avenue South about 10 p.m. after people there reported a large fight and multiple people had been stabbed.

When law enforcement arrived, the fight was still going on in the bar parking lot, and one man was unconscious on the sidewalk. Two deputies administered first aid, bandaging several cuts to the man’s head.

Multiple witnesses said their friends had been stabbed and needed help. Others told deputies that the suspect ran south of the bar.

A sergeant found the suspect next to a van, drenched in blood and barely able to stand. He reeked of alcohol and was slurring his words.

The man’s hands were cut up, the hood of his van was smeared in blood and a blood-drenched folding knife was on the ground nearby.

Additional deputies tended to the victims and met with witnesses. One pallid man had blood-soaked towels on his wrists, so deputies fashioned a tourniquet to help stanch the bleeding. He said he had tried to break up the fight when he got stabbed.

Another victim had a small cut along his jaw he got while trying to stop the fight. A third had a cut to his neck he said he received while trying to protect several women who had been thrown to the ground during the fight.

The fight started when the drunken man instigated disputes with numerous patrons at the bar. When the man was persuaded to leave, he started to argue with a patron as he went out the door.

The two went out to the parking lot, where they each threw punches. As witnesses tried to separate the two, others joined to fight the drunken man.

The drunken man pulled out a knife, swinging it at the people surrounding him, wounding several people.

The fifth stabbing victim saw his friend get stabbed, so he grabbed a crutch from the bartender and swung it at the drunken man, knocking him to the ground. The man stabbed the victim in the head from the ground, then got up and hit the victim with the crutch.

The suspect and several victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment. While being treated, the suspect threatened a sheriff’s deputy and was physically defiant.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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