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Pair stabbed in fight over clothing

A confrontation over women’s clothing led a Spokane man to stab two people late Tuesday, police say.

Raymond L. Bell, 45, is accused of stabbing Gary Smith and his son, Jonathan Smith, during a fight that began about 10:45 p.m. at 2517 E. First Ave. Bell banged on the door and demanded clothes belonging to his girlfriend, but when Smith said he didn’t have the items, Bell took a black folding knife out of his pocket and stabbed him in the left arm, according to court documents.

Jonathan Smith was stabbed in the chest and hospitalized with a partially collapsed lung.

A police K-9 tracked Bell to a garage at 2415 E. First Ave., where he was arrested on two counts of first-degree assault.

He remains in jail on $30,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday.

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