MOSES LAKE, Wash.--The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a man suffered injuries to his spinal cord and brain from an assault at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes during Memorial Day weekend.
Deputies asked for the public's help finding the assaulter.
Deputies were called to the Crescent Bar area on Saturday afternoon and found 37-year-old Corey T. Barker of Tacoma complaining of no sensation on the left side of his body. Barker was transported by ambulance to a Wenatchee hospital and then by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
He underwent surgery on Tuesday for a broken neck and bleeding on the brain.
Deputies said Barker and his friends were hopping from boat-to-boat on shore at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes while drinking alcohol. Barker was dancing with a woman on a boat when her boyfriend allegedly shoved Barker from behind, according to deputies.
Deputies said Barker fell off the boat headfirst into about one foot of water, striking his head. Barker and his friends returned to Crescent Bar unaware of how serious Barker’s injuries were, according to deputies.
Deputies described the man they were searching for as a white male in his 20s, about six-feet tall with a muscular build, wearing shorts and a baseball cap. He was described as having a large tattoo on his back and tattoos on his arms.
The woman the victim was dancing with at the time of the assault was described as white, in her late-20s with bleached blonde hair and wearing a black bikini.
The boat where the assault occurred was described as a white mid-90s ski boat with squared windows and a chrome rack with speakers. It was not known how the suspect was associated with the boat.
Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect’s identity is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 762-1160 and reference case number 14GS05845.