Truck driver stabbed at Parkland truck stop

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PIERCE, WA – A truck driver was stabbed a the Pierce Heartland Express truck stop on Sunday, according to police.  At 7:47 p.m. on Sunday January 10th, 2021 our deputies responded to a stabbing call at the Heartland Express trucking company on Steele Street and 21st Ave Ct S in Parkland. The 911 caller said he had been stabbed and the suspect was possibly still on scene.
Deputies were able to get a description of the suspect from the victim before he was transported to the hospital for his injuries. The incident started when two truck drivers argued about parking their trucks in the lot. The suspect then stabbed the victim with a knife several times.

Deputies setup containment around the lot and someone called in that a person similar in description to the suspect had left the lot just prior to deputies locking down the scene. A few minutes later the suspect walked up to a deputy trying to get back into the business lot. The suspect was wearing only a t-shirt and shorts and was not dressed for the weather, leading them to believe he left in a hurry or took off his outer clothing. The deputy believed the male matched the description of the suspect and took him into custody. When they checked the suspect’s truck, blood was found on his door handle.

The 61 year old male suspect was booked into the Pierce County Jail for Assault in the 1st Degree. The 63 year old victim had non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the hospital. Detectives and forensic investigators went out to the scene to assist with collecting evidence and surveillance footage of the incident. Police did not reveal the name of the suspect.