**Official Press Release From Pend Oreille County Sheriff**
IONE, Wash. - On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, shortly before 1a.m, Pend Oreille County deputies were dispatched to an area just north of Ione, Washington along State Route 31 regarding a possible stabbing. The Metaline Town Marshal, along with U. S. Border Patrol Agents in that area also responded to assist.
Once on scene, officers were able to contact the alleged victim, Jaime D. Sanchez, age 36, last known address Las Vegas, Nevada. Through their investigation, deputies learned that Sanchez had been in a fight with his friend/co-worker; Rodney J Williams, age 33, of Rathdrum, Idaho. Both men were reported to have been drinking and arguing before getting into a fist fight in Ione. During the fight Sanchez broke out a window in Williams' car, and then left the scene in a vehicle with a female friend.
Williams followed Sanchez in another vehicle, and caught up with him at SR 31 near mile post 6 where another fight ensued. During this altercation Williams allegedly used some type of weapon to hit Sanchez numerous times in the head, causing several large lacerations. Williams then fled the scene in his vehicle. Sanchez was taken by ambulance to Newport Community Hospital for treatment where he was later released and then subsequently taken into custody for Malicious Mischief 3rd degree.
After deputies learned Williams had fled the scene, the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office issued a BOLO for him. Deputies from Bonner County, Idaho were able to locate Williams in Oldtown, Idaho where he complained of an eye injury and was also taken by ambulance to Newport Community Hospital for treatment. After treatment Williams was arrested for Assault 1st degree.
The U. S. Border Patrol is also investigating possible Immigration violations in relation to this incident.