Teen suspected in stabbing death of 20-year-old man in Hoquiam

HOQUIAM, Wash. - An officer's discovery of a wrecked, abandoned car and a bloody knife triggered an investigation that led to a 20-year-old homicide victim and a teenage suspect early Saturday in Hoquiam, police said.

The drama began at about 3:10 a.m. when a Hoquiam officer on routine patrol spotted a white 2010 Chevy Cobalt that had crashed into a rock embankment near the intersection of 28th Street and Bay Avenue.

The officer discovered that the car's air bags had deployed, but no one was inside. He then spotted a large bloody knife laying on the roadway near the driver's door and blood on the car door.

About 30 yards away, the officer discovered a shoe in the roadway and a knife sheath spattered with blood.

Additional officers from Hoquiam and Aberdeen responded to the area. While they were checking the area for possible victims, a woman contacted police and said she had received a call from her 16-year-old son who told her he was "going to do something terrible."

The woman directed police to her son's location, about a block away from the crash scene.

Officers spoke to the son, who admitted stabbing the driver of the Chevy Cobalt during an altercation at a nearby apartment complex. He said the driver had then sped off in the car.

A few moments later officers discovered a man down on the ground in a yard off of an alley about two blocks away. The man showed no signs of life, but officers immediately began life-saving efforts and called medics.

When medics arrived on scene, they continued advanced life-saving efforts but were ultimately unsuccesssful.

The victim, identified as a 20-year-old Aberdeen man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately available.

The 16-year-old boy was taken into custody and is being questioned, police said.

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