Juvenile suspect jailed in teen's stabbing

A 15-year-old Shelton-area boy still was recovering Saturday after he was stabbed in the left forearm by a 17-year-old at a party on New Year's Eve, a Thurston County sheriff's deputy said.

The suspect, who lives in Tumwater, was booked into juvenile jail on suspicion of first- degree assault, Sgt. Dave Odegaard said. The juveniles’ names weren’t being released Saturday.

According to Odegaard:

About 11:49 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an altercation at a party in the 8400 block of Old Highway 99. They found a group of about 30 people and learned that the victim had been stabbed and taken by friends to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. The suspect later was arrested in the Tumwater area and booked into jail.

The victim suffered a bone-deep cut from a “collapsible, technical knife.” The cut stretched from his elbow to his wrist, disabling the use of three fingers. It was not clear Saturday whether the victim still was at Providence; Odegaard thought he might be because of the seriousness of the wound.

Thurston County detectives are investigating the incident as possible gang-related violence.