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Tue., June 26, 2012, 3:25 p.m.

CPD Seeks Suspect In Knifing

Update: Sgt. Christie Wood tells Hucks Online that there's nothing new in search for suspect, other than fact that he faces attempted 2nd degree murder charges & a bail of $100,000 when caught.

Coeur d’Alene Police officers, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department and Idaho State Police responded to the area of US Hwy 95 at Wilbur Ave at 6:00pm for the report of a stabbing. Motorist reported seeing a male stagger out of the wooded area on the east side of Hwy 95 and cross over the highway to the grassy highway divider. The male victim collapsed in the grass and bystanders provided basic first aid to his wounds. Officers arrived and also provided first aid while waiting for EMT’s to arrive. A 42 year-old male transient sustained multiple stab wounds to his upper torso and one on his face. He was transported to KMC and is currently in stable condition. He was able to provide the name of the suspect who stabbed him as James H. Kountz. Kountz is a 43 year-old transient and is known to law enforcement for prior arrests for aggravated battery. Officers immediately shut down US Hwy 95 at Canfield and Wilbur as well as surrounding streets in order to contain the suspect in the wooded area/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. (KHQ photo) More below.

Officers immediately shut down US Hwy 95 at Canfield and Wilbur as well as surrounding streets in order to contain the suspect in the wooded area. Officers searched the wooded area for Kountz but did not locate him. The wooded area north of Canfield is dense with trees and is sometimes inhabited with transient camps. Air One surveyed the area from the air, and a Kootenai County Canine unit also assisted in the search but was unable to locate Kountz. US Hwy 95 and surrounding streets are now open to travel. Residents are advised to lock their doors and windows and call 911 if the suspect is observed in their neighborhoods. He is described as 5’6, 185 lbs. balding with grey hair, hazel eyes, and wearing camouflage colored shorts. There is probable cause to arrest Kountz for attempted murder. Attached to this release is a photo of Kountz.




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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