Yakima PD: Family fight off and stab home invader


YAKIMA, Wash. - Police say a man was injured after he invaded a home with a knife and was stabbed by the woman inside who were defending themselves.

"I've been here a little over 25 years, and I've never seen anything like this, ever," said Lieutenant Mike Pollard, Yakima Police Department.

Police responded to the report around 7:30 p.m., Tuesday after a strange man invaded the home at 3200 block of Vincenta Drive while two girls and their grandmother were inside.

According to police reports, the 29-year-old Daniel Arnold confronted the three victims upon entry. He then subdued the grandmother and the older granddaughter then started to assault the younger granddaughter.

Police said the grandmother and older sister fought the attacker and stabbed him in the chest.

The three victims then ran into a neighbor's house for safety while the invader ran, heading west through the neighborhood. Investigators said he had also tried to steal items from the home.

Patrol officers searched the area and found the suspect hiding in a backyard near the scene of the crime several hours after law enforcement responded.

Police said the man had a stab wound to his chest and law enforcement identified him as the suspect.

"He was caught by one of our officers just a couple blocks away hiding in a home, and he apparently wrapped himself in a piece of carpet that he had found," said Pollard.

Yakima police arrested Arnold for first degree burglary, first degree robbery, first degree assault and first degree rape. His bail is set at 1,000,000 dollars.

"I was horrified, these are some of the worst facts that have ever seen, we will prosecute this man to the fullest extent of our ability," said Joe Brusic, Yakima Prosecuting Attorney.

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