Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the stabbing of a teen Friday morning near downtown Kennewick.
Bryan P. Aho was arrested Saturday and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree assault. He is on a 72 hour hold while prosecutors review his case.
Police say racial slurs may have sparked an argument the teen and Aho reportedly had. The teen is African-American and Aho is Caucasian. The pair was seen arguing near Fourth Avenue and Olympia Street before the stabbing, police said.
Aho allegedly stabbed the 16-year-old boy with a knife two times near his rib cage, police said. The teen underwent surgery on Friday and is in stable condition at a local hospital.
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Police did not release the teen’s name because he is a juvenile.
Officers were called at 8:52 a.m. as the teen was bleeding from his stomach inside a Grocery Outlet bathroom. Kennewick paramedics treated the teen before taking him to a local hospital.
Authorities focused their investigation at a house on the 400 block of Olympia Street, police said. Investigators believe Aho may have gone to the house after the stabbing.
Police arrested six other adults at the Olympia Street house during the course of their investigation. The arrests were unrelated to the stabbing.
Five people -- Daniel L. Gunderson, 26, Sean R. Crume, 27, Mary C. Carter, 47, Chevelle A. Loomis, 21, and Natasha M. Gunter, 23 -- were arrested on warrants.
Kenneth R. Rowell, 29, was arrested for trespassing following a domestic dispute, police said.