A Moses Lake 17 year old was slashed in the back with a knife in the hand of a 16-year-old boy last week protecting his friend.

The teen was in a hotel parking lot with an adult of unknown relation. The 16 year old approached the two with a knife in his hands. Words were exchanged and the boy swung the knife at the adult.

The 17 year old pushed his friend out of the way and took the edge of the blade in his upper back, creating a 6-inch gash.

The 16 year old was arrested nearby for 1st degree assault. The older boy was treated at a local clinic and released.