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Car Prowl Suspect Apologizes, Says He Can’t Remember Stabbing Homeowner

NORTH SPOKANE, Wash. – A 22-year-old accused of stabbing a homeowner in North Spokane on Thursday says he cannot remember whether or not he stabbed a man but admits he was going to steal from cars in the area.

A homeowner reportedly saw Ben Farnum circle his neighborhood on Thursday morning. The homeowner confronted the man just after five o'clock.

The homeowner chased Farnum to a nearby truck where the suspect tried to drive away. The homeowner put the suspect in a headlock.

"The engine's revving to the moon, and I mean, it's the kind of thing you see on cop shows," the homeowner told KHQ Local News Reporter Kaitlyn Bolduc. "I'm telling you, I never in a million years thought I'd be part of it."

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says Farnum stabbed the homeowner in the hand and eventually got away before being arrested a short time later for second degree assault.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes interviewed Farnum in the Spokane County Jail and asked if he intended to steal from the homeowner on Thursday morning.

"That was what my intentions were, yeah," he said from a visitation area in the Spokane County Jail.

Pressed on why he intended to steal, Farnum did not have an answer.

"I was trying to help a friend out and there's not really a reason or a good enough explanation as to why," he said. "You shouldn't steal. People work hard for what they got."

Farnum said he does not remember stabbing anyone and might have blacked-out after being in a headlock that morning. Still, he apologized for planning to break into cars.

"I do send my deepest sympathy," he said. "I'm very sorry, but sorry doesn't cut it, you know?

The homeowner is recovering from a knife cut to his hand. He is a surgery tech who normally wears gloves to protect his hands while doing yardwork. It is unclear how the injury could affect his job.

"With physical therapy, we just don't know," he said. "It wasn't my intention to get into a fight this morning."

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