Sequim man stabbed over broken trailer hitch

A broken trailer jack allegedly caused Christopher Ahlstedt to go into a rage and stab with a 7-inch knife the Sequim man to whom he loaned his truck and trailer.

Now Ahlstedt is sitting in the Clallam County Correctional Facility on $17,000 bail while he awaits a hearing on his charge of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon while causing great bodily harm, a class A felony.

How the men knew each other and why the wounded Sequim man was borrowing the trailer were not reported in court documents. However, reports did indicate the Sequim man had borrowed the truck and trailer and returned it a day later than agreed upon.

When Ahlstedt, 48, of Agnew, checked on the trailer after the Sequim man dropped it off, there was a problem with the trailer jack, causing Ahlstedt to call the man and scold him for his irresponsibility, according to reports.

The Sequim man came back to the North Barr Road residence, fixed the jack and called Ahlstedt to come out of his home to see the correction. Ahlstedt allegedly came out with the 7-inch folding knife in hand and stabbed the Sequim man in the left frontal area of his stomach.

The Sequim man's companion, a witness to the stabbing, drove him to the hospital where officials reported him as being in serious condition at the time of admittance.

Officers were notified after the incident occurred, performed interviews with the witness and obtained a search warrant for Ahlstedt's home.

Officers forced entry into the home at 3 a.m. the next day, took Ahlstedt into custody and searched the home where they found the knife with blood still on it, according to the court report. A female friend of Ahlstedt also was taken into custody for outstanding warrants that were not connected to this case.

During a police interview, Ahlstedt reportedly admitted to the stabbing.

The maximum penalty for the charge of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon while causing great bodily harm is life in prison and $50,000 in fines.

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