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Spokane triple stabbing investigation moves forward

Police have interviewed the man suspected of stabbing three men Wednesday night in the 1400 block of East Broad, but no arrest has been made.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Spokane police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said.

Greg Garrett, 20, said he witnessed his stepfather, cousin and a family friend get stabbed multiple times about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Garrett said earlier Wednesday night a man began throwing rocks in the neighborhood.

Garrett said the man spit in a neighbor’s face when the neighbor confronted him. The man then came back to the block and slashed the tire of a Subaru in front of the house where Garrett and his stepfather live at 1413 E. Broad Ave., just north of Rogers High School.

Wednesday, Spokane police Lt. Craig Meidl said officers were told the same story and checked cars parked on the street for damage, but officers did not find any slashed tires.

Garrett said that after the man damaged the car, his cousin ran out and tackled the man, and the man began stabbing him. His stepfather and the family friend went to help.

Garrett said his stepfather was stabbed at least seven times in the leg and once in the abdomen. His cousin was stabbed multiple times in his lower body, ribs and back, while the family friend had severe stab wounds in his arm. Garrett said the suspect’s knife was “pretty big.”

About 10 p.m. Wednesday police detained a man for questioning. He was at a home at 544 E. Rich Ave., where police found the knife they believe was used in the stabbings.

Police still are sorting through the conflicting stories given by witnesses, Cotton said, but investigators do believe that the stabbing was related to an earlier altercation. It appears that the suspect and the men who were stabbed knew each other, Cotton said.

“We do not believe this was a random incident,” she said.

The three victims were in stable condition as of Thursday afternoon, Cotton said.