On November 29, 2012, Detective Sergeant Shane Krohn and Detective David Blundred traveled to the city of Kelso based on information a felony burglary/ assault suspect was residing there.
Timothy W. Stuard, age 34, was wanted on a felony warrant from Grays Harbor County Superior Court with a bail of $500,000 from a Hoquiam case reported on July 7, 2012 in the 400-block of Karr Avenue.
Stuard was identified as one of two suspects who allegedly wore dark clothing and ski masks as the pair kicked-in the front door to assault the 21-year old female resident, Rebecca G. Hebel. One suspect was reportedly armed with a pistol and the other with a baseball bat.
The suspect with the bat chased and struck Hebel several times; she sustained head lacerations from the attack. The same suspect also painted over Hebel’s tattoo she had just obtained in memory of her fiancé who had been killed in a May 8th traffic collision in Ocean Shores.
Hebel has since been charged with vehicular homicide from the collision investigation and is pending trial.
During the service of subsequent search warrants in July, clothing and other evidence was collected. DNA testing by the WSP Crime Lab linked clothing from one of the suspects to the victim and the attack. DNA testing typically takes several months because of state budget constraints and case backlogs.
The court issued a warrant for Stuart’s arrest on November 21, 2012.
Acting on tips, Hoquiam detectives tracked Stuart to a residence in Kelso. Yesterday the detectives traveled to the location with Kelso PD officers to serve the arrest warrant. Stuart was not present at the house, but was instead found at a friend’s home nearby.
Stuart was arrested on the felony warrant without incident and transported back to the Grays Harbor County Jail in Montesano where he was booked.