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Stabbing victim blames bowel syndrome, unhinged door

A man police think was stabbed by his girlfriend told officers he had irritable bowel syndrome and was in the bathroom with a knife when an unhinged door fell on him, causing the knife wounds, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Roxanne L. Cloud, 27, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today via video, charged with one count of first-degree assault for an alleged attack on Michael J. Ellenwood Aug. 10.

Judge Ellen Kalama Clark found problems with the probable cause affidavit, and Cloud's charge will likely be refiled.

Ellenwood's mother called police and said Cloud had stabbed her son, but Ellenwood was
uncooperative with police.

The couple showed up at the Public Safety Building Aug. 14 and asked to talk to a detective about the case.

That's when Ellenwood told detectives that he'd been preparing dinner and had taken the knife to the bathroom. Cloud was arrested that afternoon.

Police say the stabbing occurred at Ellenwood and Cloud's apartment at 1112 N. Walnut.

Police first responded to Ellenwood's mother's home, the site of a fatal stabbing involving her other son last year.

Read about that here.

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