PENDLETON — Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts reported a detective caught up to more key figures involved in a Thursday morning assault that left two teens with stab wounds.
“In this instance, the two juveniles that were dropped off at St. Anthony Hospital instigated and/or participated in the assault of a 25-year-old Pendleton resident who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” according to Roberts.
Pendleton police launched an investigation when the emergency department at St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, reported a vehicle at about 3:10 a.m. Thursday dropped off two boys, ages 14 and 15, for treatment of stab wounds. The hospital treated and released the 15-year old, but a ground ambulance took the 14-year-old to Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.
Police pursued the SUV that left the teens until the driver and three occupants bailed out on 2300 block of Southwest Nye Avenue. The vehicle came to a stop after colliding with a retaining wall, and the driver fled the scene.
Roberts reported detectives as of Thursday at 7 p.m. “identified, located and interviewed” the 17-year old driver of 1999 Dodge Durango and the 25-year-old man who police suspected stabbed the pair of teens.
“This case has a lot of potential criminal outcomes from riot to varying degrees of assault,” Roberts wrote in a statement. “There are also several actor(s) that may potentially be charged. Self-defense is also a very real consideration given the totality of circumstances, which is why arrest(s) have not been made.”
Still, according to Roberts, while aspects of the investigation are ongoing, police gathered sufficient information to refer the case to the Umatilla County District Attorney for consideration of charges.
“The takeaway from this case,” Roberts stated, “is that the person(s) who sustain the most severe injuries cannot always be assumed to be victims.”