- Tevin A. Geike, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, was found in a Lakewood, Washington parking lot with stab wounds at 2:30 a.m. Saturday
- The victim’s two friends told police they were walking down the highway when a vehicle approached them and someone called out a racial slur
- When the soldiers said criticized the people in the car for disrespecting combat soldiers the car pulled up and five black men got out
- A verbal altercation allegedly ensued before Geike was stabbed and the car sped away
- No suspects have been identified
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 16:27 EST, 6 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:17 EST, 6 October 2013
Victim: After a desperate 911 call, officers discovered Tevin A. Geike, pictured, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, in a parking lot in Lakewood, Washington suffering multiple stab wounds just after 2:30 a.m.
A 20-year-old white soldier was stabbed to death on Saturday in what authorities believe could be a hate crime.
After a desperate 911 call, officers discovered Tevin A. Geike, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, in a parking lot in Lakewood, Washington suffering multiple stab wounds just after 2:30 a.m. He died at the scene.
The victim’s two friends, also soldiers and also white, told police they were walking south on Pacific Highway when a vehicle approached them and someone inside called out a racial slur.
One of the soldiers yelled back something about those in the car treating combat soldiers with disrespect, Lawler said.
The car then turned around, stopped next to the soldiers and five black males piled out of the vehicle.
A verbal confrontation started, Lawler said, but the driver called his friends off when he learned some of the soldiers were actually combat veterans.
As the group returned to the car, one of the suspects appeared to bump into Geike, Lawler said.
The two soldiers then saw their friend fall to the ground as the car sped away. That’s when they discovered Geike had been stabbed and was bleeding profusely.
‘At this point, it appears that it could have been a hate crime,’ Lawler said, according to the News Tribune. ‘We’re certainly looking at it now as a potential hate crime. We’re not going to say that it is, but according to two guys at the scene, it appears to be racially motivated.’
Police are seeking a midnight blue sedan, perhaps a BMW or a Volkswagen Jetta, with four doors, tinted windows and stock rims with low-profile tires.
The suspects were described as being in their mid-20s, Lawler said.
The main suspect is about 6 feet 1, medium build and was wearing a blue zip-up sweater, while the driver was described as being 5 feet 7 with short cropped hair and wearing a blue-and-white horizontal-striped shirt.
Another suspect is 5 feet 7 with short hair and was wearing a gray tank top, while another was described as 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 7, wearing camouflage pants. The fifth man is described as 5 feet 6.
According to the Tribune, Lt. Col. Joe Sowers, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said Geike and his two companions were members of the 7th Infantry Division. Sowers said Geike had been in the Army 35 months and had no combat experience. He could not confirm Geike’s rank.
Geike graduated from high school in North Charleston, South Carolina, in 2010.
Investigating officers have recovered some surveillance video, Lawler said, but have not yet found anything to identify the suspects.