A 17-year-old Pendleton boy was stabbed in Kennewick during a suspected fight with rival gang members, police said.
Kennewick police were called to Kennewick General Hospital on Thursday evening after the teen showed up in the emergency room with stab wounds, Sgt. Ken Lattin said.
The teen was not cooperative with police, but investigators were able to determine that he was stabbed multiple times after getting into a fight with rival gang members, Lattin said.
A friend drove the teen to the hospital, Lattin told the Herald.
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Details about where and when the assault took place were not immediately known. Lattin said officers have some information, but investigators were working to verify details.
Anyone with information about the incident can call the Gang Tip Line at 551-GANG (551-4264). Tipsters can remain anonymous.
The Gang Tip Line was launched about a month ago after Kennewick had a series of gang-related incidents, including drive-by shootings.
The number goes to a cellphone that also can receive text and picture messages.
It's monitored by the department's two gang detectives during the day, Criminal Apprehension Team detectives at night, and the on-duty patrol supervisor.
"Our greatest fear is that somebody should call in with something that should really go to 911, so we're monitoring it closely," Lattin said.
Benton City man, 71, faces child rape charges
A 71-year-old Benton City man was arrested for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a young girl.
William R. Short was booked into the Benton County jail Thursday on suspicion of first-degree rape of a child and possession of child pornography.
Benton County sheriff's detectives began investigating Short after the alleged victim reported the inappropriate touching, Capt. Clay Vannoy said.
The case still is in the early stages of the investigating, Vannoy told the Herald, but noted that detectives did serve a warrant Thursday to search Short's home.