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Sirens & Gavels

Uncooperative victim halts stabbing probe

A stabbing in Spokane Valley injured a man and led to a raid at a suspect's apartment last week, but police say they aren't pursuing the investigation because the victim isn't cooperating.

"The truth of the matter is we have victims who want us to help them, so that's where we tend to focus our effort," said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Police searched 2923 N. Maple Road in Millwood May 31 and retrieved the knife believe to have been used to stab Joshua Vandouris, as well as bloody clothes and gang-related drawings.

The same home was searched in December in a drug investigation targeting Matthias "Payback" Piggot, 28. Vandouris first told police Piggot stabbed him but then recanted the story, according to a search warrant.

Tara Rader told police she'd driven Vanouris to the home to collect money from Piggot and watched the two argue before Piggot wielded a knife.

"She said that Vandouris told her he didn't want to go to the hospital but he said he was afraid he was going to die," according to the warrant.

Another witness told police Piggot had hosed off the porch at the Maple Road home shortly after the stabbing.

Detectives have retrieved the weapon, but "as far as I know, nothing beyond that," Reagan said. "Again, nobody wants our assistance."

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