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Hitchhiker sought in North Idaho stabbing

A hitchhiker suspected of stabbing a man who stopped to give him a ride is on the loose in North Idaho.

The man, described as white and in his 20s, reportedly stabbed a 49-year-old Otis Orchards man in the leg after hitting him in the face, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver picked up the hitchhiker at Seltice Way and Stateline; the stabbing occurred at Seltice Way and Beck Road.

The victim was taken to Kootenai Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies searched the area for the suspect but haven’t found him.

He’s described as wearing blue jeans and a blue hooded jacket, and ran southbound on Seltice Way from the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (208) 446-1300.

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