Teen suspected in Brownsville stabbing
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:23 AM
"An alleged stabbing in Brownsville Wednesday didn't quite happen the way the victim said it did, according to Michael Davis, chief of detectives for the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.Deputies arrested a 17-year-old student as he left Central Kitsap Alternative High School Thursday in connection with the stabbing, the result of a drug deal gone bad, Davis said.Holes in the victim's story, and a tentative identification of the suspect by a security guard in the Juvenile Division of Kitsap County District Court tipped detectives in the right direction, Davis said.The suspect made a probable cause court appearance Friday and might be charged as an adult, said deputy county prosecutor Jennifer Forbes.Given that he is nearly 18 years old, it will depend whether the charge is appropriate. He may be facing automatic adult charges, Forbes said.Davis said the teen also has a prior record for theft.Deputies sought a warrant Thursday to search the suspect's home, Davis said.The victim was in satisfactory condition at Harrison Hospital after surgery to repair deep puncture wounds in his thigh, hand and cheek, Davis said.Detectives questioning the 21-year-old East Bremerton victim had doubts about his story, Davis noted, and pressed him on the details.The story was weird because he changed the suspect's description a bit when they went out to do a composite sketch, Davis said.The victim eventually admitted it wasn't a random act, but a drug deal gone bad. He went out there to sell (marijuana) to the 17-year-old, and the 17-year-old took his pot, Davis said.The victim also gave detectives a first name for his attacker.Investigators got a break when a security guard at juvenile court spotted a teen matching the suspect's description who came with his mother to quash a warrant, Davis said.Detectives questioned the teen at the time. They didn't make the connection until later, when the victim changed his attacker's description during questioning, and admitted the ruse.The detectives said, 'Hey, we just talked to that guy,' Davis said.Detectives arrested the teen as he left school Thursday.The good thing here is there's no danger to the community, Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer said about the incident. The bad thing is, once again, drugs are involved. The victim initially told police he was stabbed by a hitchhiker he picked up while traveling south on Central Valley Road toward State Route 303. A passerby found the victim wandering on Paulson Road at about 1:30 p.m., bleeding and with a cell phone in his hand, and called for help.A search of the area by the Washington State Patrol, two news helicopters, a state patrol plane and sheriff's tracking dog ended late Wednesday after the dog lost the scent.Brownsville Elementary School students were sequestered inside the school while deputies pursued the suspect on Paulson Road, according to Central Kitsap School District officials. Brownsville administrators called parents of students and asked them to pick their children up from school. All of the students had left the school by 5 p.m. "