A 40-year-old man was arrested Monday night after allegedly admitting to detectives he had stabbed his girlfriend in the leg during an argument at a home near Colbert.
Aaron J. Lahde was booked into the Spokane County Jail early Tuesday on a first-degree assault charge.
In a news release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called shortly after 9 p.m. to a pair of residences on the same property on North Hardesty Road. The caller said an unidentified man had stabbed someone with an 18-inch knife.
Deputies found a 35-year-old woman “bleeding profusely from her leg,” but she was uncooperative, the sheriff’s office said.
The victim initially lied, claiming she’d been riding a bicycle on the road when a stranger jumped out and tried to steal the bike, the sheriff’s office said. When she resisted, the man stabbed her and ran away, she claimed, adding it was too dark to see her attacker.
“The victim remained uncooperative throughout the investigation, stating she’s not a ‘snitch,’ ” the sheriff’s office said.
Lahde also lied, according to the sheriff’s office, claiming he had heard the victim visiting with some friends in another room and then she screamed, and when he went to investigate, he saw the friends fleeing the residence.
Detectives then learned that a man, identified as Lahde, could be heard in the background of the 911 call, saying, “I did this. I’m going to go to prison,” the sheriff’s office said.
Detective Scott Bonney confronted Lahde, saying the evidence contradicted his story.
The sheriff’s office said Lahde admitted to stabbing his girlfriend in the leg with “a very large knife” while the two were fighting about a text message he had received from another woman. He said he had pulled the knife from underneath his chair when the girlfriend angrily approached him.
The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for her leg wound, but remained uncooperative, the sheriff’s office said. Lahde’s bond was set at $30,000 during a court hearing Tuesday.
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