Crime

Man’s throat cut after argument near Kennewick apartment complex

A 51-year-old Kennewick man is expected to survive after an argument turned violent Saturday afternoon.

Evan Strother, 51, was visiting the victim at the Heatherstone Apartments at 1212 W. 10th Ave., said Sgt Mike Genack. The victim was drinking, and it’s unknown whether Strother had joined him.

At some point, the men began arguing, which spilled out into the parking lot of the complex just before 1:45 p.m.

It’s unclear what prompted the fight.

Strother allegedly grabbed a blade and sliced across the victim’s throat, and then drove away.

A third person rushed the injured man to Trios Southridge Hospital. Doctors were able to close the gash, Genack said.

Richland police found Strother at a Crestview Avenue home, and arrested him. He was booked into the Benton County jail on an investigative hold for first-degree assault

Investigators plan to search Strother’s car today in hopes of turning up the weapon he used.

Officers are asking anyone with information to call 509-628-0333 or call Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 509-586-8477. Crime Stoppers offers an up to $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402, @cameroncprobert

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