Two suspects are in custody after an early morning assault at an apartment building in the 600 block of 7th Street, the Hoquiam Police Department reported.
A man and a woman, both 27, were seriously injured after three men allegedly assaulted them with a baseball bat at about 3:45 a.m. Dec. 29.
The male victim had been at a neighbor’s party earlier where there was apparently a disagreement over sharing a cigarette. One of the suspects allegedly grabbed a beer out of the victim’s hand and used a racial slur.
The man returned to his apartment, where the three suspects soon followed. He armed himself with a baseball bat and answered the door, but the suspects allegedly grabbed him, pulled him out of his apartment and threw him down the stairs.
They continued beating the man at the bottom of the stairs, apparently with his own bat. The man’s girlfriend tried to intervene, but was knocked down and struck in the head, also likely with the bat, according to the police department.
The woman suffered “a significant head laceration” and possible concussion, the press release stated, and the man suffered an orbital fracture and injuries to his lip and scalp.
Two suspects have been booked into Grays Harbor County Jail pending charges of second-degree assault and malicious harrassment.
The third suspect has not yet been located, but has been identified by detectives, the department said in a press release.