Vancouver man sentenced to 25 years in La Center cardroom stabbings


A Vancouver man received a 25-year sentence after pleading guilty to assault charges stemming from an attack on multiple patrons at a La Center cardroom in December.

On Sept. 8, Scott Harmier, 42, was sentenced for one charge of first-degree assault and three charges of third-degree assault. He initially faced four charges of first-degree assault and one charge of attempting to elude.

Harmier was arrested shortly after midnight Dec. 13 following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash on Northeast Padden Parkway, according to court documents.

Earlier on Dec. 12, several 911 calls came from the Last Frontier in La Center, according to a probable cause affidavit for Harmier’s arrest. Surveillance video shown to law enforcement shows Harmier sitting at a poker table, reaching down to grab something and then stabbing the man to his left five times, the affidavit stated.

Multiple patrons tried to stop Harmier, who swung at them, the affidavit stated. The video then shows him approaching a woman who was sitting to his right and trying to stab her three times in the video.

Harmier also appeared to stab a man outside of the cardroom, the affidavit stated. He then walked to his vehicle and drove off.

Harmier’s vehicle was later spotted traveling southbound on Interstate 5 by the Northeast 179th Street exit. Harmier passed a patrol vehicle and reached speeds of more than 100 mph, the affidavit stated. He took the exit onto Interstate 205, made a U-turn through the median and then took the exit on Northeast Padden Parkway, the affidavit stated.

Though police made attempts to intercept Harmier during the chase, his vehicle finally came to a stop when it hit a guardrail on the north side of Padden Parkway a few blocks west of Northeast 137th Avenue, according to the affidavit. He did not attempt to escape and was pulled from his vehicle to be arrested.