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A 51-year-old Castle Rock man was arrested in Kelso Thursday morning after a stabbing victim showed up at a residence near La Center, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a home near Northwest 41st Avenue and Northwest Pekin Ferry Road Near La Center at about 4:55 a.m. after a resident called 911 and reported that an unknown male had showed up at their residence and was bleeding profusely from stab wounds.

The victim was identified as Lauren Higgins, 49, of Longview. Higgins told deputies he was stabbed by a known subject in his vehicle.

“The stabbing had occurred near the Pekin Ferry Road residence,” the sheriff’s office reported. “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 about 7:25 a.m., law enforcement officers from Cowlitz County located the suspect in the victim’s vehicle, near South Pacific Avenue and Mill Street in Kelso, according to the sheriff’s office.

Mark Laurila, 51, was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery and attempted murder.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating possible motives for the crime.

— The Reflector

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