Two masked men carrying machetes kicked in the door to a home in the 200 block of East Alder Street in Oakville early Thursday morning, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office.
The residents, a man and a woman, told police the men broke in and assaulted them at about 5 a.m. The knives were not used during the assault.
“During the altercation, it appears that the mask of one of the suspects had been removed and a possible identity obtained,” Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate wrote in a press release.
The men fled without taking anything. Shumate said Friday the motive may have been recent casino winnings by the victims.
Deputies are working with Chehalis Tribal Police to locate two possible suspects, both Native American men in their 20s from Oakville.
Meantime, in the same general area, Chehalis Tribal Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with the help of deputies. The fleeing vehicle crashed near Highway 12 and Mox Chehalis Road in Malone. Three people were detained, but the driver ran away. A K-9 team was called in to help find the driver, who was eventually located at a home just outside Elma and arrested.
The driver, a 31-year-old Lacey man, apparently fled becuase of unrelated felony warrants and possible drugs inside the car. At this point, Shumate said, none of the people in the vehicle appear to be involved with the attempted robbery. One of the passengers, a 24-year-old Tacoma man, was arrested for providing a false identity to police.