Homicide on North 1st Street

On Saturday, September 4th at about 11:00 pm, patrol officers from the Yakima Police Department (YPD) were dispatched to the 1300 block of North 1st Street for a report of an assault between two men.

One of the men involved in the incident, a 58-year-old transient, suffered a slash wound to his shoulder and a stab wound to his chest. He was transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital where he died of his injuries shortly after midnight.

The other man involved in the incident, 20-year-old transient, was arrested at the scene and admitted to his involvement in the assault, however, he denied stabbing the victim. Security video from a nearby business captured the stabbing.

Detectives from the YPD’s Criminal Investigation Division were called to the scene to investigate the homicide.

The 20-year-old, whose name cannot be released until he makes his first court appearance, was arrested and booked into the Yakima County Jail on a charge of 2nd degree murder.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

An autopsy will be scheduled as soon as possible.  

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