Kittitas Co. sheriff's deputies arrest two after early morning assault
Kittitas County sheriff's deputies arrest two people suspected of assaulting a 72-year-old night watchman early Thursday morning.
Around 12:45 AM, deputies and officers from CWU and WSP responded to the Parke Creek Group Home on Parke Creek Road in Ellensburg for a reported assault.
72-year-old Duane Bangs says he was assaulted and tied up by residents of the group home.
Bangs says he was conducting his nightly checks when he was struck from behind and knocked unconscious.
When he regained consciousness, he found he had been tied up.
Bangs was able to free himself, and he called 911 to report the incident.
He says the two suspects stole his wallet, personal keys and keys to the facility.
Deputies say the suspects had loaded bags with their clothing into Bangs' vehicle, but they didn't know how to drive a stick-shift.
Then at 2:07 AM, a resident on Parke Creek Road saw two subjects attempting to steal his vehicle.
The resident says both people soon ran away from his home, and they stole a vehicle from further south on Parke Creek Road.
After a short pursuit by the Washington State Patrol, the vehicle was stopped just east of Kittitas.
The sole occupant was taken into custody without further incident.
Bangs' wallet and all contents were recovered.
Then around 6:30 AM, deputies say they found the second suspect near the Hemmingston and Parke Creek junction, about 5 miles south of the Group Home.
He was also taken into custody without incident.