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News Release
Man stabbed in La Center, suspect arrested - 09/10/20

On 9/10/2020 at 4:55 am, CCSO deputies responded to a residence near NW 41st Avenue and NW Pekin Ferry Road, near La Center, Washington.  A resident reported to 911 that an unknown male showed up at their residence, bleeding profusely from stab wounds.  The victim, identified as Lauren Higgins age 49 of Longview, reported to deputies that he had been stabbed by a known subject in his vehicle.  The stabbing had occurred near the Pekin Ferry Road residence.  The subject then stole Higgins’ vehicle and left the area.  Higgins was transported to an area hospital with stab wounds that were later found to be non-life threatening.

At approximately 7:25am, law enforcement officers from Cowlitz County located the suspect in the victim’s vehicle, near South Pacific Avenue and Mill Street in Kelso.  Mark Laurila, age 51, was taken into custody.  Laurila was booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of Robbery, 1st Degree and Attempted Murder.  Laurila was listed as a resident of Castle Rock, WA.  All persons involved in this incident have been accounted for, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit is investigating possible motives for this crime.

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