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North Spokane stabbing suspect has history of violent attacks

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

Spokane Police arrested 23-year-old Corey A. Taylor on Thursday night on a first-degree assault charge following what is believed to be a random stabbing in North Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane Police arrested 23-year-old Corey A. Taylor on Thursday night on a first-degree assault charge following what is believed to be a random stabbing in North Spokane. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

The 23-year-old man suspected of stabbing a man in north Spokane on Thursday night has a history of violent attacks, according to court records.

Corey A. Taylor is being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $100,000 bond after a court appearance Friday on a charge of first-degree assault. Multiple witnesses identified Taylor as the man responsible for the stabbing, which occurred just before 6 p.m. Thursday in the 5100 block of North Walnut Street, in the neighborhood north of Shadle Park High School.

The man who was stabbed told investigators he was trying to jump-start his son’s truck when he was approached by a man “yelling and acting erratically” who stabbed him with an unknown weapon, causing a gash on the left side of his stomach that required stitches.

The injuries are considered non-life-threatening, and the man is recovering.

The man’s son gave chase after his father was stabbed, losing the perpetrator in a footrace. A neighbor three blocks away reported that a man she believed to be Taylor knocked on her front door asking to be let in to hide, or to hide in the back yard, according to a police report by Spokane Police Officer David Stone. Taylor then was discovered in the alley behind the home by another neighbor, who called police.

Taylor told police he was sleeping in the alley but couldn’t explain the blood on his hand or shirt, according to the police report.

Taylor’s criminal record includes guilty pleas in juvenile court to third-degree assault and riot charges stemming from a knife attack in December 2009, when he was 14 years old. Taylor took an Alford plea in that case, meaning he maintained his innocence but admitted there was enough evidence that a jury might convict him.

In October 2017, Taylor was one of two defendants in a reported assault in an alley in Hillyard that left one man with stab wounds in his back. Taylor later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the case, and as part of a plea agreement for other crimes was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

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