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Fatal stabbing investigation continues; no charges yet

A 16-year-old Seattle youth remained in custody Wednesday as the Renton Police Department investigation continues into the stabbing death of a 22-year-old man early Saturday morning.

Wednesday was the deadline to file charges against the youth, but he will remain in custody. The youth has been on community supervision in Juvenile Court and a judge ordered him held for up to 30 days, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors could still file charges later, according to Donohoe.

The death of Jordan Allan Cruz was ruled a homicide on Tuesday by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. He died of multiple stab wounds at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The stabbing occurred at about 1 a.m. in the 200 block of Southwest Fifth Place.

According to police, the victim and his brothers reportedly confronted the 16-year-old, who minutes earlier reportedly tried to enter a parked car belonging to one of the brothers.

The victim was stabbed during a fight with the 16-year-old.

The 16-year-old and a companion were arrested at the scene and the apparent murder weapon, a kitchen knife with a four-inch blade, was recovered.

An officer took the 16-year-old to Valley Medical Center for a medical examination. The officer asked the youth whether he stabbed Cruz because he feared for his life. The youth responded, “Quit trying to trick me.”

Anyone having any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Renton Police at 425-430-7500, reference case number 13-7739.

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