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Downtown Stabbing

Posted on 31st December 2013 at 16:53

Bail has been set at $200,000 for Ramon Luis Duran, 29, of Longview, as he’s being held in connection with a stabbing that took place Sunday in downtown Kelso. At about noon on Sunday, Juan Rodriguez, 36, called in on the phone outside of the Kelso Police Department, reporting that he had been stabbed in the arm. Officers found Rodriguez bleeding from a deep wound to his upper arm, so they gave him first aid, and then got him transported to St. John Medical Center. Rodriguez was able to identify Duran as the suspect; he says Duran approached him near South Pacific and Ash, where the two men got into a confrontation over a woman. Rodriguez reportedly turned down a challenge to fight Duran, and he claims that Duran lunged at him. Rodriguez says that he felt a pain in his arm, then found that he was bleeding. He then realized that Duran had stabbed him with a knife that had been concealed in a bandanna. Duran was located and arrested not long after the incident was reported; he’s now charged with first-degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon. Duran is also being held on a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant. Rodriguez was treated and released from the hospital.