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Man arrested in stabbing outside downtown Spokane apartment

Edward Donoian, 26, involved in another downtown assault

A 26-year-old Spokane man with a history of violent crime downtown was booked into jail Wednesday for his alleged role in a stabbing that sent police to the Centennial Trial earlier this week.

Edward Donoian faces a charge of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly attacked another man with two knives outside the Bel Franklin apartments early Monday. The other man, who has not been charged, sustained a stab wound to his stomach in the altercation witnessed by several people walking along Division Street on Monday morning.

The other man, described as the victim in court documents, pulled a pocket knife as Donian was chasing him down an alley and into the street. Donoian eventually ran north of the river, where Spokane police detained him along the Centennial Trail on Gonzaga University’s campus.

Donoian was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with a stab wound. He reportedly said he was “going to kill that guy” in the ambulance, according to police.

It’s not the first time Donoian has been linked to a downtown assault, according to court records.

In October 2012, Donoian and two other people were arrested on suspicion of beating two men senseless at the intersection of West Sprague Avenue and North Howard Street. Donoian later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to three months in jail, according to court records.

The first man stabbed in the fight Monday is not expected to be charged in the incident, according to police. Donoian’s initial court appearance was postponed Thursday.

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