Spokane father stabbed grateful for community support

Spokane father stabbed grateful for community support

It should have been a typical Thursday night for Joe Richter and his adult son Josh Richter.

But it wasn’t.

Joe said he and Josh were jumping a truck on the 5100 block of North Walnut, in north Spokane, when someone started coming toward them. At the time, Joe was in the cab of the truck and his son was near the hood as his father yelled instructions at him over the roar of the diesel truck.

That’s when he said a stranger, later identified as Corey Taylor, 23, started walking toward them.

“He started coming closer and yelled, ‘What?’ I just yelled back, ‘hey, I’m not talking to you’ and then he came right up to us and I said, ‘hey, I’m just talking to my son’ and he stabbed me, boom, just like that,” Joe said.

Josh didn’t see the stabbing but soon realized what happened. He started following the man who attacked his father.

“He chased the guy for like six blocks, jumping over fences, running through backyards,” Joe said.

Court documents revealed, at one point, the attacker knocked on someone’s door to try and get inside.

“When a woman opened the door gingerly, I knew right away it wasn’t his house. So, I yelled at the woman. I said, ma’am, close your door. This man is dangerous,” Josh said.

So she shut her door and Taylor ran away through her yard.

Josh soon lost sight of his father’s attacker, but it didn’t take police long to find the man.

Just before 8 p.m., someone called 911 to report a suspicious person in an alley. That’s where police arrested Taylor.

Meantime, first responders were back at the scene of the crime treating the cut on Joe’s left side. He estimates it to be about two inches deep.

“The fire department, the police, they’re all absolutely wonderful. They treated me phenomenally well,” Joe said.

He said the knife missed all his organs and he got to go home after getting help at the hospital last night.

For him, it’s not the attack that stands out, it’s the kindness and attention strangers showed him afterwards.

“I’m in great shape. So, just the community outpouring is wonderful and that’s what Spokane is really about,” Joe said.

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