Police have arrested Dustin T. Henneman, 18, for stabbing three men in a brawl in front of 1413 E. Broad in North Spokane on Sept. 17.
Henneman, now in the Spokane County Jail facing three charges of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, was questioned the night of the incident but not arrested. Police were only able to speak to the stabbing victims this week and Henneman’s girlfriend recanted a key part of her story on Wednesday, according to court documents.
Both Henneman and his girlfriend told police that the stabbing was self defense. She said that they were walking down the street when several men drove by and shouted vulgarities at her. Henneman gave chase and there was a fight where she was injured, she told police.
Henneman told police that he was mad and went back to the location to slash their tires. When he did so the three men attacked him with weapons and he defended himself, he told police.
However, this week Henneman’s girlfriend told police that the injuries she showed police the night of the stabbing were in fact inflicted by Henneman during a domestic violence incident that day when he grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground.
The three stabbing victims denied yelling obscenities out the car window before the first fight and also denied having weapons during the second altercation. They said they thought they were being punched by Henneman and didn’t realize they had been stabbed until the blood started running down their bodies.
One of the men stabbed had to have his gall bladder removed, another had a severed artery in his arm and the third had a punctured lung, according to court documents.