Spokane Valley man arrested for allegedly cutting STA passenger's throat

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a man on Friday after he allegedly cut the throat of a fellow passenger on an STA bus.

Deputies responded after reports that an STA's digital sign read "Call Police." 

Upon arriving at the bus, which had pulled over near the intersection of Appleway and Elizabeth in Spokane Valley, deputies were informed that the suspect, 50-year-old Paul D. Mattingly, had fled. 

The victim, an adult man, was inspected and recieved medical attention for what police say was a minor injury.  

Deputies found Mattingly not far from the scene and were able to detain him without incident. During a weapons search, a folding knife was found, wrapped in a bandana, in Mattingly's pocket.  

He has since been booked into Spokane County Jail for assault 1st degree, a felony. 

Witnesses say the attack was unprovoked.  



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