Jake Harris is best known to viewers for his career as a fisherman while appearing on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.”
His late father, Phil Harris, lovingly referred to Jake as “one half of Ding&Dong” along with his brother Josh.
Tragically, Jake Harris was jumped, brutally beaten, and left for dead around 8 p.m. on Saturday night.
Officers received a call from a passerby who noticed Harris injured on the side of the road.
Officer Aaron Snell reported that Harris was seen getting into a car with three people inside near Washington state’s Quill Ceda Creek Casino.
Apparently, some men sitting behind Jake suddenly started attacking him.
While inside the vehicle, Jake was beaten to the point of his skull being cracked then robbed. His attackers left him for dead on the side of the road.
When officers arrived on the scene, Jake refused to go to the hospital and was driven home instead.
However, it was his brother, Josh, who insisted he go to the emergency room, and Jake was admitted into ICU shortly thereafter with a cracked skull and brain damage.
In a video Josh posted to Facebook, he addressed Jake’s state:
“They literally beat my brother, left him for dead, threw him out of a moving vehicle onto the side of the freeway.”
But leave it to big brother to get justice for his younger sibling.
While Jake lies in a hospital bed, Josh is asking the community’s help in finding those responsible.
The police suspected two individuals who’ve been known to engage in this type of crime in that area, and put the pieces together:
“I have located these people and talked with him — he’s in ICU right now.
Some individuals beat him to the point where it cracked his skull from his forehead all the way back to where you would be balding as an individual.
My brother is bleeding out of his brain currently.”
Josh took it upon himself to reveal their identities, showing their pictures and repeating their names and location.
Thankfully, on Tuesday the Spokesman-Review reported the arrest of the two suspects Amanda Ritter and Jorel Fultz.
“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,”
Although the police found the suspects, Josh credits the entire community for banding together and assisting officials in any way they needed like a true extension of brotherhood.
In an additional Facebook post, Josh addressed Jake’s condition:
“He’s pretty messed up. Hopefully, one day, we’ll get him back fishing again.”
Jake is expected to make a full recovery.