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Former Sequim man charged in Port Angeles stabbing

A former Sequim man is facing first degree assault with a deadly weapon charges in connection with an early-morning stabbing Sept. 4 at R Bar in Port Angeles.

 

David Harris, who’s last known address was on the 400 block of West Hemlock Street in Sequim, is accused of stabbing Ernesto Sanches Andalob with a knife, causing the man to suffer a collapsed lung, according to the Port Angeles Police Department.

 

Harris, 30, is also known as “Gangsta Dave” had been kicked out of the bar earlier in the night and allegedly threatened to return and “shoot the place up,” Detective Ted Rife said in court documents.

At 1:41 a.m. medics and police were called to the bar in response to a stabbing and found a large amount of blood, along with a bloodied knife, at the scene, Rife said.

 

Andalob told police he didn’t know who stabbed him or why, before being transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a collapsed lung, Rife said.

 

A former roommate of Harris’ helped lead police to Harris’ aunt’s house in Sequim, where she told police Harris had called and visited her house a few hours after the stabbing, Rife said.

 

She told police Harris had injuries to his face and claimed he’d been “jumped” and had to defend himself, Rife said. She took Rife’s business card and said she’d have Harris call, he said.

 

Harris did call but the conversation was brief and he declined to go to the police station, Rife said.

A $250,000 bond felony warrant was issued for Harris by Clallam County Superior Court as police searched for him.

 

At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday Harris turned himself in and was taken into custody at the Clallam County jail where he remains in lieu of $250,000 bail.

 

Clallam County Prosecutor Deb Kelly said Harris was charged with first degree assault with a deadly weapon and not attempted murder as police suggested because the investigation is ongoing.

 

“I charged based on the information at the time, knowing we have the ability to change the charges based on if the information we get warrants the change,” she said.

 

Police have 15 interviews to conduct as well as medical records and other details to gather for the prosecutor’s office, she said.

 

Harris’ arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 in Clallam County Superior Court.

 

Reach Amanda Winters at awinters@sequimgazette.com.

 

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