Jake Harris of Deadliest Catch Suffers Cracked Skull in Attack after Leaving a Casino
Reality TV star Jake Harris was attacked and beaten after leaving a casino in Washington state in a robbery attempt. The 33-year old Jake Harris is star of the Discovery Channel program, Deadliest Catch.
The attack happened in Quil Ceda Creek Casino in Marysville, Washington. A passanger in the car carrying Harris grabbed Harris, severely beat him up, and threw him from the moving vehicle, said police from the city of Everett.
Dumped out of a Moving Vehicle
Reports say that Jake Harris blacked out and woke up where he had exited the vehicle, along Highway 526. The motive for the crime appears to be robbery, because Harris’s wallets was missing. It is estimated the wallet contained $2,400 from his casino visit.
Everett Police Found Jake Harris
The Everett Police Department filed a report saying Jake Harris was found alongside the road in the 700 block of Southeast Highway 526 at around 8 pm on Saturday. When questioned by police, Harris said he and three other people were in the car returning from the Marysville casino. The man sitting behind him began to beat him, at which point he blacked out. He awoke to find he was on the side of the road. The money he won at the casino was missing.
Jake Harris is recovering in the Providence Hospital ICU. He received a cracked skull and brain damage. A witness called an ambulance for Jake Harris, but the television star rejected the offer to go to the hospital. After leaving the scene, Harris’s girlfriend took him to the nearby hospital.
Josh Harris on Facebook Live
Josh Harris, brother to the victim, said in two Facebook Live videos that the alleged culprits have been identified by police. The accused are Jorel M. Fultz, 29, and Amanda Crandall, 30. Fultz and Crandall are thought to be romantically linked.
“We’ll Get Him Back Fishing Again”
Those details were in the first of two videos released by Josh Harris. In a later update on Facebook Live, Josh said of his brother, “He’s pretty messed up. Hopefully, one day, we’ll get him back fishing again.”
Later, Josh Harris added, “Thank you to (sic) all the awesome messages and all the help from the fans and the police department for doing such a great job. [Our] family thanks everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”
Phil Harris’s Death
This is not the first public tragedy which has struck the Harris family, which is famous for its deep sea fishing expeditions aboard the F/V Cornelia Marie. The brothers’ father, Phil Harris, died of a stroke in 2010 while filming Deadliest Catch. Video captured Phil Harris’s last moments of life.
Deadliest Catch has been a successful reality television franchise for Discovery Channel. The show first aired in 2005 and is currently filming its 12th season of production. At present, Deadliest Catch is broadcast in over 200 countries worldwide.
Jorel Fultz and Amanda Ritter Arrested
Amanda Ritter and Jorel Fultz were arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail less than 24 hours after the alleged crime was committed. Everett Police said they will drive to Spokane, which is 300 miles away, to take custody of the couple.
Casino gamblers should take maximum precautions when winning large amounts from the casino. People are known to stalk such gamblers inside the casino, then waylay them after they leave the casino. Just in the past year, a man who won several thousand dollars at a northern California casino stopped to help a woman who appeared to be having car trouble, only to find a man holding a gun to his face and the woman in distress was really a part of a plot to rob him of his casino winnings.
Last month, a woman in the Los Angeles metropolitan area was stalked in a local casino, then robbed of her purse on the doorstep of her home. Another woman in Ohio had her purse stolen on camera in the parking lot outside of a casino.
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