Crime

Orting man charged with assault for Christmas party stabbing

An Orting man accused of stabbing another man at his company’s Christmas party earlier this week pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree assault.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Shane Vasquez, 22, jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail during his arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court.

Deputy prosecutor Hugh Birgenheier wrote in court records that more charges are likely.

Vasquez was arrested Tuesday outside the Los Pinos restaurant in Orting where he and several other people, including at least one of the stabbing victims, had been attending their company’s Christmas party, court records show.

Witnesses gave varying accounts of what happened, but almost all of them identified Vasquez as the man who stabbed another man in the neck following an argument, the records show.

“As (the victim) was leaving in his vehicle, defendant Vasquez pulled a knife out of his pocket and stabbed one of the tires ... ,” charging documents state. “When (the victim) rolled down the window of his vehicle, defendant Vasquez stabbed (him) in the neck.”

A second man also was stabbed during the encounter, but charging documents do not indicate whether Vasquez or another man was the alleged attacker in that case. A second man was arrested Tuesday, but he has not been charged.

While awaiting questioning in a holding cell at the Orting Police Department, Vasquez allegedly said, “I don’t understand what I’m here for,” court records show.

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