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Stabbing suspect causes Wednesday night's Vernita Bridge closure

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.-- The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says the man who caused the closure of the Vernita Bridge on State Route 24 Wednesday night had stabbed his ex-girlfriend in Vantage, and was trying to get away from police.
Officers say 24-year-old Noel Rosas got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Emily Van Osten, during an exchange of their two young children yesterday afternoon.
Witnesses told law enforcement that suddenly Rosas started chasing Van Osten and started stabbing her with a knife. Rosas drove away from the scene.
At around 4:30 that evening, his car was spotted near the Vernita Bridge. When law enforcement got there, they say Rosas ran out onto the bridge and threatened to jump. The bridge was closed off until he surrendered to police four hours later.
Rosas now faces felony assault charges. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says Emily Van Osten is currently in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Children's Services took custody of their two kids.



UPDATED: Washington State Patrol says State Route 24 is open again in both directions at Milepost 43 Vernita Bridge.


BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - We are getting reports that State Route 24 has been closed in both directions at milepost 43 by the Vernita Bridge, due to a person that is on the underside bridge supports.

Washington State Patrol is on the scene and expect the bridge to open up around 11pm.

We'll have more information as this story develops.