DEVELOPING: Kennewick Police Find Knives Used in Fatal Stabbing
Police are hoping someone will recognize two unique knives linked to a fatal fight and stabbing in Kennewick on Christmas Eve.
KENNEWICK, WA - Police are hoping someone will recognize two unique knives linked to a fatal fight and stabbing in Kennewick on Christmas Eve.
Just after noon on Thursday, a K-9 unit found the knives in the back yard of a house on the 200 block of E. 2nd Avenue.
Witnesses say they saw a man running through the area and jumping a fence around the time of the fight.
The knives are coated with blood and investigators believe they are the murder weapons.
The suspect is described as 5'10" tall, with a thin, athletic build. He had short, black hair cut short on the sides and longer on top. He was last seen wearing a plaid sweatshirt, white shoes and possibly a ball cap.
Police say they'll send the knives to the Washington State Crime Lab for fingerprint and DNA analysis. If anyone has any information, call Kennewick Police.
KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police say they now believe a homicide on Christmas Eve may be related to street gangs.
Officers are still looking for one more man in connection with the death of 23-year-old Gerardo Villamar Junior.
Police booked 24-year-old Rafael Nieto, 23-year-old Erick Nieto, and 39-year-old Jose Vazquez-Villanueva into the Benton County Jail on rioting charges Christmas morning. Officers say all three had been fighting alongside of Villamar the night he died.
Investigators say they believe the other man they're looking for may be gang affiliated, but not necessarily a rival gang member. Officers say they don't know exactly who the man is, but they say he had been armed with a knife when he ran off after the fight.
Officers say they have now found both cars they were previously looking for. Police have now impounded the car that drove Villamar to the Trios ER, and plan to search it for potential evidence.
The Benton County Coroner plans to perform an autopsy on Villamar's body on Thursday. Police say he had suffered multiple stab wounds in his back during the fight.