Press Release – Disturbance

On 06/19/2017 at about 7:27 PM Astoria Police, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Astoria Fire Department and Medix Ambulance were dispatched to the area of Columbia and West Marine Dr. for the report of a disturbance in which one person had been stabbed.  On arrival it was determined 50 year old Aaron Lee Ashby of Port Townsend Washington had been stabbed. Two persons of interest were contacted in the area.  They are 23 year old Nickolys A. Glaser of Spring Valley New York and his 21 year old companion Erika N. Rasmussen of Ochelata Oklahoma.  They were later transported to Astoria Police Department for questioning.

The physical altercation reportedly started after Ashby allegedly touched Glaser’s dog inappropriately.

Ashby reportedly also assaulted 32 year old Clinton Holman of Astoria during the altercation. Several other individuals believed to be with this group fled from the scene.

Ashby and Holman were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Ashby was treated for a non-life threatening injury and admitted overnight for observation. Holman was treated and released.  After consultation with the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office no arrests have been made pending further investigation.   The Astoria Police Department is investigating with the assistance of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team.

“This is a very complex, convoluted situation involving numerous people,” Deputy Chief Eric Halverson explained, “Detectives will be working on collecting surveillance video from the area, and following up with witnesses in an attempt to determine exactly what happened.  We would ask that anyone who believes they witnessed this incident, who has not already spoken with police, contact Detective Ken Hansen at the Astoria Police Department.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ken Hansen at 503-325-4411 or by email at

Eric Halverson, Deputy Chief
Astoria Police Department