Man’s throat slashed with broken bottle at Oak Harbor nightclub

A 26-year-old man is on a ventilator after a suspect slashed his throat and face with a broken beer bottle at the Element nightclub in Oak Harbor early Saturday morning, according to the police.

Detective Sgt. Teri Gardner with the Oak Harbor Police Department said the suspect was apprehended  at a restaurant in Lynnwood over the holiday weekend. The 26-year-old suspect hasn’t been charged, but may face one count of first-degree assault.

The two men got into a fight inside the nightclub. The suspect broke a bottle of Corona and attacked the other man, cutting his throat and face, according to Gardner. The attack was reported at 1:12 a.m.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Whidbey General Hospital. He was placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit, so the police haven’t been able to interview him yet, Gardner said.

The suspect left the nightclub before the police arrived, but officers were able to identify him from witness accounts and a video recording from inside the club.

On Sunday, the police received a tip that the suspect was at a restaurant in Lynnwood. Gardner said they contacted Lynnwood police and had him picked up on a Department of Corrections detainer.

The detectives are looking for additional witnesses to the assault. Anyone who saw the incident or has any information should contact police at 360-279-4600.


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