Transient man claims he was stabbed in Rochester

The Thurston County Sherriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing that nearly killed a man late Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old transient man was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Ray Brady. The victim underwent surgery Wednesday morning (Aug. 6) and was expected to survive, Brady said.

The victim suffered stab wounds to his back, abdomen, arms and face, Brady said. Olympia police were initially called after the victim had arrived at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Brady said.

The victim told law enforcement that he and a friend were in a vehicle that ran out of gas near 183rd Avenue Southwest and Highway 12 in the Rochester area, Brady said. The victim claimed two unknown Hispanic men came to the location and started a fight with the friend, then assaulted the victim when he tried to intervene, Brady said.

Deputies have been unable to find a crime scene, and neither the assailants nor the victim’s friend have been located, Brady said. Deputies are also waiting to interview the victim, and are unsure of the accuracy of his claims.

“We can’t find the friend or vehicle they were traveling in that ran out of gas,” he said.