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One Hospitalized, One Jailed After Stabbing

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Authority:  Chief Deputy B. Dean Byrd

Case Number:  11-05538

Shelton, WA - Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Walter J. Henry, 31, Shelton, is recovering from stab wounds he sustained Saturday night at a residence located on SE Skalapin Lane.  According to Mason County Sheriff’s Deputies, Henry and his friend, Fernando Rodriguez, 46, Shelton, went to a house on SE Skalapin Lane on Saturday evening.  While at the residence an argument and altercation broke out between Rodriguez and Henry.  Deputies say alcohol was a factor in the dispute leading to the incident.

Squaxin Island Police Department Officers responded to the residence at about 10:30 PM.  When officers arrived, they found Henry on the floor of the house suffering from stab wounds.  A short time later Mason County Deputies arrived and deployed a K-9 unit to search the area for a suspect.  The search was started a short distance from the scene on a tip from a citizen whom had seen a suspicious man.  

Rodriguez was subsequently located and taken into custody by the K-9 unit.  After being identified by a witness, Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Mason County Jail on charges of Assault in the First Degree.  Rodriguez made his first court appearance yesterday and is being held on $250,000 bail.

Deputies say that Henry is recovering from his stab wounds and is expected to be released from St Peter Hospital in Olympia today.

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