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The Today File

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September 19, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Benton County authorities seek suspect in stabbing

Tri-City Herald

PROSSER — Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times early Thursday.

The girlfriend, whose identity hasn’t been released, is in guarded and stable condition at Kadlec Regional Medical Center and is expected to survive, Benton County Sheriff’s Lt. Chuck Jones said.

Investigators failed to find Christian Ramirez, 21, of Prosser at an apartment complex on Wine Country Road he visited earlier in the day. Other leads are being checked out, said Benton County Sheriff’s Capt. Clay Vannoy. Officials initially reported the suspect having a different last name.

A resident on Heck Road called 911 at 6 a.m. saying a woman covered in blood was standing outside the home.

“(The victim said) she’d been stabbed and thought she was going to die,” Vannoy said.

The victim was taken to nearby PMH Medical Center for care and told authorities she’d been attacked by Ramirez.

All Prosser schools were locked down Thursday morning as more than 30 law enforcement officers from Benton and Franklin counties, the Washington State Patrol, and officers from Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and West Richland looked for Ramirez.

Ramirez is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Anyone who sees him or knows his whereabouts should call Benton County Detective Larry Smith at 509-735-6555 or 509-628-0333.

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