Man charged with 1st degree assault after stabbing 3 people

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 35-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing three people within one hour on Tuesday, according to court documents.

Joseph Murray was arrested on Tuesday night in connection to a stabbing on Trent Avenue, near the Union Gospel Mission. That incident occurred around 4:20 pm. 

The victim sustained life-threatening injuries that required immediate medical treatment, according to court documents. He was able to speak to police, and told them that he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his back. He said the attacker said nothing before, during or after the stabbing. 

Several witnesses were at or near the scene of that stabbing and chased the attacker until he got into a car and drove away. One witness later identified Murray as the owner of the car, and a different witness identified him as the attacker when investigators showed Murray’s photograph. 

Just about 40 minutes before the stabbing near the Union Gospel Mission, Spokane Police had responded to a stabbing at Browne and Spokane Falls Boulevard, near the Spokane Convention Center. 

Documents  say a man and a woman were walking in that area, when a person came up to them stabbed the man in the chest, collapsing his lung. The woman was stabbed in the arm, and her wound required several stitches. 

A police officer investigating both the stabbings observed surveillance footage from the incident at Spokane Falls Boulevard. Court documents say the attacker in the video was wearing a pink backpack. 

A pink backpack was found in the front seat of Murray’s vehicle when officers took him into custody at the Zip Trip on Illinois Avenue. Police say Murray had blood on his hands, and had bloody paper towels in his pockets. 

Police say he did not admit to either stabbing incident, only to owning the car described by witnesses at the UGM incident and owning a pink backpack. 

Murray was arrested and charged with first degree assault. His bond has been set at $500,000.

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