Local Deputies: Prowler Stabs Homeowner - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Deputies: Prowler Stabs Homeowner

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A 45-year-old homeowner was stabbed in the hand and taken for a wild ride early Thursday when he attempted to detain a man he believed was prowling his vehicles.

The incident occurred in the 1500 block of East Center. According to deputies the homeowner was leaving for work about 5 a.m. when he spotted the suspect looking in the windows of his vehicle.  When challenged the suspect ran to his Toyota pickup and attempted to drive away.

The homeowner reached into the truck to remove the keys from the ignition and began fighting with the suspect who then pulled a knife and stabbed him. A teenage female passenger in the pickup jumped out and ran to the homeowner's door, yelling to his wife to call police.

Meanwhile the suspect started driving away dragging the homeowner who was still fighting with him inside the cab. The homeowner managed to steer the truck off the roadway and into a field where the suspect began spinning circles, eventually dislodging himself from the homeowner's grasp.

Deputies arrived and called paramedics into the scene to treat the victim. They interviewed the passenger and learned the identity of the suspect. He was tracked to a home in the 500 block of East Columbia and arrested for Second-Degree Assault.

His pickup was found in a nearby alley. The victim had told deputies he ripped a GPS unit from the truck's dash and damaged a beer keg shift knob, and damage inside the truck matched that testimony. The truck was impounded as evidence.

The suspect, 22-year-old Benjamin A. Farnum, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony assault charge.

 

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