Friday, April 25, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Suspect arrested in Washington courthouse attack

SEATTLE (AP) — Police in Washington state on Saturday arrested a 34-year-old man accused of stabbing a judge and shooting a sheriff’s deputy in a courthouse struggle, one day after he fled the small town of Montesano.

Law enforcement officers in neighboring Thurston County took Steven Daniel Kravetz into custody Saturday afternoon at his mother’s home in the state capital of Olympia, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said.

The gun taken from the deputy during Friday’s courthouse attack and other evidence were recovered, he said.

Scott identified Kravetz earlier in the day as the lone assailant in Friday’s attack that wounded Judge David Edwards and Deputy Polly Davin. Dozens of law enforcement officers had joined the manhunt for him.

Kravetz’s mother called police to turn her son in after authorities released a flier with her photo and her son’s photo Saturday, according to the Seattle Times.

Kravetz was the only one in the house at the time of the arrest and gave himself up voluntarily around 1:30 p.m., said Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa. No one was injured.

“Why he was at the courthouse yesterday remains a mystery,” Scott said, adding that his motive is unclear.

Scott said his deputies haven’t had contact with Kravetz since a 2005 domestic violence incident that was handled in Grays Harbor District Court. More recently, Kravetz made a number of public information records requests related to that incident, he added.

In 2008, Steven Kravetz was convicted in Lewis County of third degree assault and making false or misleading statements to a public servant. He served 102 days on the charges, the Daily World of Aberdeen reported.

In that incident, Centralia police Sgt. Stacy Denham told the Seattle Times that Kravetz was arrested after he refused to cooperate with police after being kicked out of a Centralia public library.

Scott said courthouse witnesses identified Kravetz as the man who was behaving strangely in the courthouse Friday.

Around lunchtime Friday, Deputy Davin responded to a report of a suspicious person at the courthouse and confronted a man. During a struggle, she was stabbed with either a small knife or scissors. The judge intervened, striking the assailant, who then stabbed him, authorities said.

Davin reached for her gun, but it was wrestled away by the man, who shot twice, striking her in the shoulder before fleeing, Scott said.

Both the judge and the sheriff’s deputy were treated and released from a hospital hours after the attack.

Kravetz fled the courthouse with the officer’s .45-caliber handgun after the attack and showed up about an hour or so later at the office of his former attorney and asked to the use the phone, Scott said.

The attorney had represented Kravetz a number of years ago and “didn’t know anything was up,” Scott said.

Investigators believe Kravetz called his mother, identified as Roberta Dougherty, at about 3 p.m. and that she apparently gave him a ride out of the area, Scott said.

“We don’t know what her knowledge or involvement is,” the undersheriff said Saturday morning.

————

By Phuong Le

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

Junior high students embrace diversity training

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Measure P asks: Are the water rates fair?

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

 
Neighbors mourn loss of popular wildlife-viewing platform

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Can you give them a home?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Yolo County Bar Association hosts Law Day event

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Beronio gets backing of county’s attorneys

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sierra Club backs Swanson, Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Explorit: Turning Earth Day into Earth Year

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4

 
Yes on Measure P at market

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Smithsonian animal exhibit rolling into UCD

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Fix-a-leak workshop set Tuesday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Brennan campaign event set in West Sac

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Judge candidate at Winters Youth Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Oakley to hold office hours in Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Yolo CASA plans upcoming training

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Meet judicial candidate at market

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Four women recognized for contributions to agriculture, philanthropy

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Joe Krovoza, at a glance

By Cory Golden | From Page: A6

 
Parting ways

By Cory Golden | From Page: A7

Dan Wolk, at a glance

By Cory Golden | From Page: A7

 
.

Forum

 
Davis is an inspiring leader

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Beronio is tried and true

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Pat Oliphant cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

We’re boiling the frog to death

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

 
Please, let there be light

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

.

Sports

Boxing has passed me by; the Sweet Science is lacking

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
Final Aggie spring football scrimmage open to public on Saturday

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS’ volleyball win streak reaches five matches

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DYSA roundup: TigerCats go 4-0 in youth softball action

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

 
‘Eight from ACGA’ exhibit opens at Davis Arts Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A13 | Gallery

‘The Railway Man’: Journey to serenity

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Davis native’s feature documentary to screen in Woodland

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15 | Gallery

Band plays tribute to The Carpenters

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
UCD, city team up for Music on the Green

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
Davis Youth Flute Choir to perform Spring Concert

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

Jazz singer Sachal Vasandani to play four nights

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A15 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Gerald Anthony Martinez

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Friday, April 25, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A12