Poker Room Stabbing Suspect’s Bond Set at $1.5 Million

06 Feb

An allegedly unprovoked assault in a Washington State poker room that wounded four players last month drew a bond of $1.5 million on five felony charges for the perpetrator.

Scott Robert Harmier, a 41-year-old resident of Vancouver, Washington, is alleged to have been seated at a poker table at The Last Frontier Casino in La Center and suddenly stabbing the man seated next to him. He stabbed three other patrons – all without any warning or provocation – before hightailing it out of the casino and attempting to escape in a Nissan sedan.

After his apprehension and arrest, Harmier was charged with four felony counts of first-degree assault and one for attempting to elude police. The suspect is said to have an extensive rap sheet that includes numerous convictions for assault and almost two dozen prior bench warrants.

The Deputy Prosecutor called Harmier “a danger to the community” and the judge seemingly agreed by setting the high bond of $1.5 million. A trial date of February 2, 2023, was set.

The incident was captured on casino video cameras at around midnight on Dec. 12, 2022. Two men and two women were victims of the alleged assailant, with one man, Guao Liao, admitted to the hospital with injuries to his forehead, shoulder and wrist.

Bradley Harrington was stabbed in the head and identified the weapon as a hunting knife with a 4 to 5 inch blade. Virgina Rutty (forehead, chest and arm) and Song Rang (arm and neck) were the other victims who were all treated at the hospital and released.

The assailant was arrested after a high speed chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. Harmier allegedly had blood stains on his hoodie and on a knife sheath found in the Nissan.

The alleged perpetrator is looking at some serious time behind bars if found guilty. With the casino videos as evidence, the odds are good that Harmier’s live poker room playing days are over for a while.

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