JBLM soldier fatally stabbed in off-base altercation

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jblm soldierLAKEWOOD — An active duty soldier based at Joint Base Lewis McChord was fatally stabbed early Saturday morning during an altercation with five men in Lakewood.

The soldier was walking with two other soldiers along Pacific Highway SW around 2:40 a.m. when a car with five men drove by, Lakewood police said.

As the car passed the soldiers, someone inside the car reportedly yelled something at them about being “white.” The car then turned around and stopped next to the soldiers, and the occupants got out of the car. All of the car’s occupants were black, police said.

A verbal confrontation between the two groups then allegedly unfolded, but the driver of the car called his friends off after realizing that the soldiers were combat veterans.

As the men got back into the car, one of the men appeared to have bumped into one of the soldiers. The soldier fell to the ground as the suspects drove away. The soldiers on the road then attended to their friend on the ground and discovered he was bleeding profusely, police said. The soldier was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Lakewood police are looking for a midnight blue BMW or VW Jetta with four doors, tinted windows and stock rims with low-profile tires. The suspects are described as black males, in their mid-20s.

The main suspect is described as being in his early 20s and is about 6-feet, 1-inch tall with a medium build and wearing a blue zip-up hoodie. 

The second suspect is the driver and his is described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall with short, cropped hair, who was wearing a blue-and-white, horizontal-striped shirt.

The third suspect is described as being 5-feet, 7-inches tall with short hair and wearing a gray tank top.The fourth suspect is described as being 5-feet, 6- or 7-inches tall and wearing camouflage pants. The pants were described as not being “true camouflage,” but as having a “paintball splat-type” of design. 

The fifth suspect is described as being 5-feet, 6-inches tall.

Anyone has any information on the suspects or the vehicle they were in is asked to contact the Lakewood Police Department. 

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  • Guest

    Yeah real surprising. This is whitey's fault huh liberals? I'm surprised we even know the color of the criminals. Media usually covers that up unless the criminals are white. Black guys only assault when they are in packs or when the victim is helpless. You won't hear of one white protest over this though.

  • Cindylou

    These Soldiers fought for our freedom just to be killed by the ones they fought for. I am sorry Soldiers for they are shameful to this country. may God give you comfort for your pain and may God keep your friend safe in Heaven now.

  • Ms. Reid

    My son… who is a Marine in 29 Palms was attacked and stabbed in July by a group of African American men. He survived. My heart and my prayers go out to this young man’s family. It’s scary enough to send our sons to Afghanistan and other foreign fights… But to worry about them at home. No one should ever have to experience this… No matter what color of skin they have.

  • james machado

    white America needs to stand up to the attack black america is dishing out to white America. when one of them gets killed …Treyvon they go up in arms ….when a black gangster kills a baby with a shot between the eyes ….NOTHING america where is your heart is NASCAR and nintendo more important that your flesh and blood???