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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • 3rd suspect arrested in connection with stabbing attack of karaoke singer

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  • An 18-year-old man wanted in connection with the vicious stabbing attack on a popular local karaoke singer a week ago was arrested Thursday afternoon.
    Det. Matt Dunn, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, said Deangelo Washington was taken into custody without incident at a residence located in the 200 block of 11th Avenue SE.
    "We got a tip he was at the residence," Dunn said, explaining the capture of the man who has been on the lam since Yoshikazu "Yoshi" Hirashawa was attacked outside the convenience store where he worked as a clerk.
    Kevontre "Tre" Jones, labeled by police as the other prime suspect in the stabbing, surrendered to police Tuesday. Jones was officially arrested after interviews at police headquarters. Dunn said Jones' surrender came just hours after an unnamed 15-year-old was taken into custody in connection with the crime.
    Jones, who has been formally charged with first-degree robbery by the district attorney's office, made an initial appearance in district court Thursday. Bond was set at $75,000. A preliminary hearing conference was set for Dec. 17.
    Thursday night, Jones remained incarcerated at the county jail pending the posting of bond. Washington is also detained at the county jail pending his first appearance in district court, which could come this afternoon.
    Dunn said the investigation showed the 15-year-old juvenile involved in the case did not participate in the attack on Hirashawa.
    "The juvenile was present — waiting in the car — but did not actually participate in the assault," Dunn said at the time the teenager was taken into custody.
    Thursday, Dunn said preliminary reports have been sent to the district attorney's office, but added that the investigation "is still ongoing."
    Hirashawa was stabbed in the neck, shoulder, kidneys and leg about 10 p.m. Nov. 15 outside the Rockford C Mart where he worked. He was airlifted from Mercy Hospital Ardmore to OU Medical Center shortly after the assault, and underwent emergency surgery.
    Hirashawa is well known for his karaoke performances at various local venues.
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