Perhaps the old saying "Don't bring a knife to a gunfight" should be changed to "Don't bring a knife to a bar fight, because you might get drunk, stab two people, and end up being held on $1 million bail at the Regional Justice Center in Kent on suspicion of homicide and assault." Alas, 40-year-old Troy Allen Hewitt remembered neither maxim, and now, after a brawl at the Red Dog Saloon near Maple Valley on Sunday night, one man is dead and another is in the hospital.
Hewitt, according to The Seattle Times, works as a steamfitter. Police say he was a regular at the Red Dog Saloon, a watering hole on Southeast Renton-Maple Valley Road in unincorporated King County, and that's where he was early Sunday morning, at around 12:45 a.m., when he got into a confrontation with at least two other men--a 27-year-old and his 49-year-old father.
The standoff escalated into a full-on brawl that King County Sheriffs say included 10 to 15 people. The melee moved outside, where one witness reportedly heard the 27-year-old say to Hewitt, ""Oh, you're going to stab me . . . ? Really?"
Hewitt was apparently not kidding because he allegedly stabbed one victim, then turned the knife on the man's father, critically wounding him in the back. Another witness reportedly spotted Hewitt, "pushing in or pulling out a knife from his sleeve."
Hewitt was arrested a couple hours later at his home, less than a mile away from the bar. According to a probable-cause statement, Hewitt "had blood on both hands and a cut on his right pinky finger."
The 27-year-old man died at Harborview, while his father survived after undergoing surgery.
A spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office says Hewitt is expected to be charged Wednesday with homicide and assault.