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Man arrested for March stabbing outside Spokane bar

Spokane Police officers have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a man several times outside a downtown Spokane bar last month.

Tony M. Noble, 35, was identified by employees of Bowl’z, Bitez and Spirtz as a possible suspect for stabbing a male victim ten times on March 31. The victim, identified as Sean Rushing, had stab wounds all over his body and was rushed to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He had two collapsed lungs, officers said in recently filed court documents.

Rushing told police he left the bar around 1:45 a.m. and got into a fight. He thought he was being punched, but later woke up and learned he had been stabbed in the head, left eye, back neck, left arm and chest, court documents said.

A friend drove him to the hospital after she found him bleeding in the passenger seat of her car.

The next day, Noble told his manager at a north Spokane Zip Trip that he was jumped by some men from California. He had a black eye, the manager told police.

Detectives watched surveillance footage and saw Rushing approach someone and grab their arm. The person hit Rushing in the face. Another person held a shiny object in their hand that appeared to be a knife, detectives said.

Detectives charged Noble with first-degree assault. Noble is in custody at Spokane County Jail with a $35,000 bond.

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