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CWU Football Player Talks About Stabbing

Ellensburg, WA. - Central Washington Linebacker Steve Sakalia spoke about a stabbing incident on the morning of September 16th.

"I got attacked in the street when I left a party. They jumped me and stabbed me," says Sakalia, who escaped by running three miles.

In a police report, Sakalia said he was attacked by more than 15 people after leaving a party on the 700 block of 18th Ave in Ellensburg. Sakalia says he was stabbed three times.

"They stabbed me in my chest, they got me three times on the side, and twice in the back."

Sakalia tried to ward a few of the attackers away but conceded that there were too many.

"I knocked out two of the guys that fought me.... then I just ran."

The events took place on the morning of Central Washington's game with Eastern Washington in Cheney. Sakalia was treated at Harbor View Medical Center. He was released later in the week.

Sakalia was on the sidelines for CWU's win against Saint Cloud State on Saturday. He didn't show much emotion but admitted that he was on medication.

Teammates told KNDO that they got a morale boost when Sakalia visited practice in the middle of last week. Sakalia says he hopes to return to the playing field in six weeks.

Ellensburg police have made five arrests in the case but so far no one has been charged. Police arrested Jose Garcia, 18 and are holding him on $250,000 bail for suspicion of first degree assault. The others that have been arrested include a 14-year old boy and a 15-year old boy. Two teenage girls, ages 15 and 16 have also been arrested.  The investigation is on going.

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