Stabbing try tarnishes fair's Friday night

A fight erupted Aug. 15 during the Island County Fair, leaving one teen with a minor stab wound and another in custody.

A 15-year-old South Whidbey boy is in custody for stabbing another teen during an altercation in the midway area, near the Kiwanis food booth at the fairgrounds.

Langley Police Officer Laura Price responded to the call with the assistance of Island County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Crownover.

"According to witnesses in the area, two teens were in a dispute that came to a head when one teen stabbed another boy in the shoulder and tore the front of his shirt," said Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg.

The quick action of other teens nearby prevented the altercation from getting worse.

"Several other teens came to assist and wrestled the teen to the ground and knocking the weapon out of his hand," Herzberg said.

The injured boy was treated at the scene for a superficial wound. The assailant ran away from the area. He was found the next day and arrested by Price at about 10 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Bush Point area.

Herzberg said the boy was apparently staying with friends in the area, because his parents do not live on the island.

The teen is in custody pending charges in Island County District Court. Charges are expected to be filed this week.

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