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By Brandon Cline
Reporter 

Man charged in knife attack

 


White Salmon resident Skyler Scott, 20, was arrested on a charge of first degree assault on July 4, a day after allegedly stabbing another man in the forearm at the trail head of the Balfour-Klickitat Loop in Lyle.

According to court documents, Klickitat County Sheriff deputies responded to a stabbing call in Lyle at around 3 a.m. on July 3, where deputies observed a large amount of blood on the exterior of a vehicle and on the ground.

A witness says that the victim was intervening in a domestic dispute between Scott and Chelsea Jacobson, whose child was in a car seat in the suspect’s car. The witness says that Jacobson approached her and the victim, who were together, and asked them for a ride out of the area. The victim and the witness agreed to give Jacobson a ride, but the witness said that Scott became upset when Jacobson grabbed their child and put it in the victim’s car.

After a back-and-forth argument, the witness said that Jacobson again grabbed the child and put it back in Scott’s car while the argument carried on. The victim then exited his vehicle to intervene, which is when the stabbing occurred.

The victim was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, and later that morning corroborated the witness’ story. The victim says he stepped out of his vehicle to tell Scott to stay away from his car, when Scott pulled a knife out of his pocket and threatened him. The victim says he grabbed a can of bear mace to try and spray Scott, but said it proved ineffective. The victim was then stabbed in the left forearm by Scott, who fled with Jacobson and their child.

On the afternoon of Independence Day, deputies arrested Scott in Murdock at a friend’s house. In an interview with law enforcement officials, Scott stated that he pulled into the Balfour-Klickitat Loop trail head to get some rest because he was tired.

When Scott woke up, he claimed that the victim and the witness tried to get him to join them in doing shots of blackberry vodka. Scott says that he was worried the victim would spray his child with bear mace, and that he put his child in his car and “blacked out.” Scott stated that he does not remember what happened after that, including whether he stabbed the victim, but he said he threw his knife out of his car somewhere along State Route 14 between Lyle and Murdock.

Deputies initially charged Scott with attempted murder in the second degree, but prosecuting attorney David Wall later changed the charge to first degree assault.

 

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