A 22-year-old Lakewood man is accused of stabbing his friend in the back – literally.
Brandon Diaz has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault in connection with Thursday’s incident at Tacoma’s Garfield Park. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Police were called to the 600 block of North Schuster Parkway and found the victim collapsed in the median and being treated by an off-duty firefighter.
The victim told officers he and Diaz had gone to the park together and Diaz disclosed he planned to rob another man they were meeting.
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Without warning, Diaz allegedly stabbed his friend in the back. The victim ran and Diaz chased after him, according to charging papers.
“The defendant was apologizing for stabbing the victim,” records show. “When they got to the roadway, the defendant attempted to shove the victim in front of a passing vehicle.”
The victim made it to the median and Diaz fled.
The victim initially was listed in critical condition but is expected to survive.
Diaz told police the stabbing was over drugs and that it started a month ago when the victim stole Diaz’s grandmother’s debit card.
“The defendant claimed he did not mean to do it,” documents show. “...The defendant stated he considered the victim a friend.”
Diaz and a vehicle belonging to his grandmother were reported missing days before the stabbing, police said.