Troy Allen Hewitt, a 40-year-old steamfitter, was ordered held on $1 million bail on Monday, accused of fatally stabbing a 27-year-old man and wounding the man's father after a bar fight at the Red Dog Saloon near Maple Valley on Sunday.
A 40-year-old steamfitter was ordered held on $1 million bail on Monday, accused of fatally stabbing a man and injuring the man’s father after a bar fight at the Red Dog Saloon near Maple Valley early Sunday.
A King County judge found probable cause to hold Troy Allen Hewitt at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on investigation of homicide and assault, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Formal charges are expected to be filed by Wednesday, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.
The name of the 27-year-old victim has not been released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. His father, age 49, underwent surgery at Harborview Medical Center and was still being treated at the Seattle hospital Monday.
At his family’s request, no additional information is being released about his condition, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
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According to the probable-cause statement filed by the King County Sheriff’s Office, a fight broke out in the saloon around 12:45 a.m. Sunday among several patrons, including the father and son. Those involved in the fight were pushed outside, where one witness saw the 27-year-old collapse from a knife wound after saying to Hewitt, “Oh, you’re going to stab me … ? Really?” the statement says.
The same witness then saw Hewitt arguing with the 49-year-old father, followed by Hewitt’s arm pulling away from the man’s back, according to the statement, which says the older man was stabbed in the back.
Another witness also saw Hewitt “pushing in or pulling out a knife from his sleeve,” the statement says. Hewitt then left the scene with a woman, but he was arrested a short time later at his nearby house, the statement says.
Hewitt “had blood on both hands and a cut on his right pinky finger,” a wound consistent with a hand sliding onto a blade, the statement says.
King County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said Monday that detectives were still trying to determine what prompted the bar fight and the participants.
The suspect is “a regular” at the tavern, at 18605 Renton-Maple Valley Road S.E., and “somebody showed us where he lived,” Urquhart said. According to public records, Hewitt and his wife live about a half-mile from the bar.
Urquhart said the saloon’s owners “run a good place.”
“We don’t have any real problems down there,” he said.
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