EPHRATA – A series of break-ins reportedly prompted the fight which ended with the stabbing of a Moses Lake teen.
Two people are facing charges in Grant County Superior Court for the Tuesday night incident. Victor J. Mejia, 16 years old, is facing adult charges for assault in the first degree in Grant County Superior Court.
State law requires any 16- or 17-year-old charged with certain crimes to automatically be charged as an adult.
Prosecutors charged Dahndre Westwood in juvenile court for assault in the first degree. Prosecutors asked to start the process of charging the 14-year-old Westwood as an adult.
Mejia's bail was set at $100,000. Westwood's bail was set at $10,000.
A third juvenile, 17-year-old Travis Stotts, was named as participating in the alleged crime by Grant County sheriff's deputies. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to charge him or not.
The incident reportedly started when a resident spotted Westwood and Mejia walking on Adair Street, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office. The 19-year-old man allegedly stopped the SUV and told Mejia and Westwood to get off of Adair Street.
“I was concerned that Victor might be breaking into houses and cars,” the man wrote. “I have been a victim of burglary and vehicle thefts in the past and believe Victor is responsible.”
When the 19-year-old man returned to his house and dropped off his daughter, he along with his wife, sister and the 16-year-old victim went looking for Mejia and Westwood. They allegedly found the men along with Stotts near the intersection of Lowry and Arlington.
When the victim and the 19-year-old got out of the SUV, Westwood was reportedly in a fighting stance and started fighting with the victim. The two others allegedly started advancing on the 19-year-old when Mejia took out a knife.
When Westwood got the victim into a headlock, he allegedly yelled at Mejia to “get him,” prompting Mejia to begin stabbing the victim. The other man reportedly saw Mejia swing the knife four to five times before the victim was able to get free.
When the victim broke free, Westwood reportedly pulled out a large kitchen knife, chased the victim, begin fighting with him, and stabbed the victim in the back. The two reportedly escaped in the SUV.
The victim was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake, where he had surgery for a cut on his kidney. Police noted he was stabbed twice in the back.
Police reported finding a bloody broken kitchen knife in a trash can behind Mejia's house.
About seven days before the alleged incident, a Grant County sheriff's deputy spotted Westwood, Stotts and Mejia walking together near the scene of Tuesday's fight. Westwood was carrying a large knife, which was confiscated.