PENDLETON — Pendleton police reported two teens suffered stab wounds early Thursday while joining in an assault.
Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts in a written statement reported staff at St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, called dispatch at 3:12 a.m. after a vehicle dropped off two boys, ages 14 and 15, with stab wounds at the emergency department. Officers were en route when they received a description of the vehicle that brought the juveniles to the hospital.
The first officer arrived at 3:15 a.m. as the vehicle was leaving the parking lot. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Roberts reported, but “a low speed pursuit ensued.”
The pursuit continued north to the 2300 block of Southwest Nye Avenue, where the occupants of the SUV jumped out. The vehicle crashed into a retaining wall and came to a stop moments later. Police immediately detained two of the four occupants, but Roberts stated the driver remains at large.
The hospital treated and released the 15-year old stab victim, but a ground ambulance took the 14-year-old to Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, because his injuries prohibited air transport.
Detectives identified and interviewed one adult and five juveniles who were reportedly present when the “stabbing” occurred on the 2800 block of Southwest 28th Drive, Pendleton, according to Roberts. Officers and detectives found evidence in the area that corroborates statements that Roberts reported describe the following:
The 14-year-old stab victim instigated a fight with a 20-something white male who was hanging out in the area. Other juveniles joined in the “beat down.” Sometime during the fight, someone stabbed two of the juveniles, although no one saw “a stabbing instrument.”
The majority of people present or involved in the fight got into a vehicle that one of the witnesses owned and drove the victims to the hospital.
Roberts also stated the investigation is ongoing and police will not release more information at this time. He asked anyone with information concerning the identities of involved person(s), or details of the assault to contact the Pendleton Police Department at 541-276-4411 or dispatch center at 541-966-3650.