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By James Walling
The Courier 

Stabbing Suspect Charged in Glasgow


Undersheriff Luke Strommen of the Valley County Sheriff's Office is leading an investigation, along with members of the Montana Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation, into an alleged felony assault. The incident occurred near Glasgow on New Year's Eve.

According to Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle, a Glasgow woman named Evelynn Garcia, 31, was stabbed and run over by a vehicle on Highway 42 near the Northern Border Pipeline office, east of town. Garcia was found at approximately 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the middle of the highway.

Garcia was transported by ambulance to the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and was then flown by air ambulance for further medical treatment in Billings.

Sheriff Buerkle told the Courier that Donald Jay Witkowski of Shepherd, Mont., has been arrested and is currently incarcerated in the Valley County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond. The suspect appeared in Justice Court on Jan. 3 facing multiple felony charges, including assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, and criminal endangerment.

At press time, Garcia has been confirmed dead by the Yellowstone County Sheriff. According to Sheriff Buerkle, additional charges will likely be filed against Witkowski. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 24 before Judge Christina Hillman in Glasgow.

Anyone with information related to this incident should contact Sheriff Buerkle at 406-228-4333.


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