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Spokane Police: Man arrested for randomly stabbing woman at Goodwill Outlet store

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Martin L. Burnell makes his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. Martin L. Burnell makes his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police were able to arrest the man they say is responsible for stabbing a woman at the Goodwill Outlet store Wednesday night, but they are still trying to figure out why. 

Police say the stabbing happened at around 6:00 p.m. when a man who had been walking around the store, walked up to a woman and stabbed her multiple times, while saying "Sorry." The suspect then left on foot. 

While en route to the call, Officer Amy Woodyard saw a man fitting the description of the suspect sitting on the front steps of a closed business, smoking a cigarette. The officer noticed that despite the rain at the time, his clothes were relatively dry. Officer Woodyard stopped and made contact with the man, identified as 25-year-old Martin L. Burnell, and took him into custody without incident. 

Witnesses gave the victim first-aid until officers arrived. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. The victim told officers say did not know Burnell and had never seen him before. 

At this time, Burnell's motive remains unknown. 

Burnell was arrested for 1st Degree Assault and made his first appearance in a Spokane County courtroom Thursday afternoon. The judge set his bail at $300,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for later in the month. 

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