Police Investigating Two Assaults Reported Tuesday
Yakima Police are investigating two assaults reported in Yakima early Tuesday morning. Police Capt. Jay Seely says the first happened at 4:44 Tuesday morning when officers were called to the 1700 block of North 1st Street after a driver noticed someone standing near the road bleeding from the head. Authorities found a 25-year-old transient who says he was attacked by a man with a machete. The man was taken to Yakima Memorial Hospital with severe lacerations to his back and head. Police searched for a suspect but no arrest was made.
Then another attack was reported at about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday morning at 1305 North 16th Avenue. Yakima Cinema maintenance workers found a 51-year-old Yakima transient in the bushes. He was covered in blood after being stabbed in the neck. The man was also taken to Memorial Hospital in Yakima with what police say were significant injuries. The victim was unable to provide any information as to who assaulted him or where the assault happened. Officers searched the area from north first street to the river for a suspect but no arrests were made. No further information is available about his injuries.
Yakima Police Department detectives from the Major Crimes Unit are currently on scene investigating the assault. As well as the first assault. A K-9 and drone search are being used in an attempt to locate and gather evidence of the crimes.
Authorities arrested a man with a machete last Wednesday in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Yakima. The man was threatening people but no injuries were reported. The man was arrested and booked into the Yakima County jail.