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Hitchhiker robbed in Okanogan County; ends with one dead, one arrested

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Kyle Cate, 23; Arrested for armed robbery, felony eluding and more Kyle Cate, 23; Arrested for armed robbery, felony eluding and more
OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -

One man is dead and another is in custody after a robbery Saturday evening in Okanogan County. It started about 10pm Saturday night when a hitchhiker flagged down a United States Forest Service officer to say he'd just been robbed. The Okanogan County Sheriff says the 47-year-old man, from Sagle, Idaho, told the officer he was hitchhiking on Highway 20 and was picked up by three people in a van. He said there were two men and a woman.

During the ride, the hitchhiker says the men started using drugs and then started acting crazy. He said one of the men pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and pointed it at his head. Then, he says, they stole $150 in cash and his fly rod. The suspects then let the victim out and continued on their way.

Okanogan County Sheriff's deputies were then called by the U.S. Forest Service officer to help search for the van in question. At around 11pm that night the same USFS officer located the suspect van, and the three people inside, on the Lyman Lake Road at the campground. He followed the van for some time, calling for additional units.

A WSP trooper arrived on scene and attempted to stop the van, but the driver took off. A short pursuit ended when the van hit a tree and wrecked. The two men inside took off, running through the woods. Those two men were identified as 28-year-old William Dick, of Coulee Dam, and 23-year-old Kyle Cate, of Okanogan. The woman stayed in the van. A trooper and that same USFS officer caught up to Dick, who was still on the run. He was ordered to stop several times, and warned that a taser would be used if he didn't listen. The Sheriff says he didn't listen, so the Forest Service officer brought out the taser and used it on Dick. Dick was then secured and put into custody. At that point, the Sheriff says, Dick stopped breathing. The two law enforcement officers used CPR and called emergency personnel immediately, but they were unable to revive Dick, who died at the scene.

The Sheriff says the second man, Kyle Cate, eventually turned himself in. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out, and then taken to the Okanogan County Jail on charges that include First Degree Armed Robbery, Felony Eluding, First Degree Driving on a Suspended License and an arrest warrant out of Lincoln County.

Both men were identified by the hitchhiker as the men who robbed him. The 33-year-old woman who was also in the van was not arrested. The hitchhiker told officers she was trying to get the two men to stop harassing and robbing him.

An autopsy of Dick will likely be performed Tuesday.

The agencies involved or at the scene:

  • United States Forest Service
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Washington Department Fish and Wildlife
  • Okanogan County Sheriff's Office
  • Colville Tribal Police
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