Police connect two recent Spokane stabbings

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 7:38 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Prosecutors charged a 21-year-old Spokane man for two separate stabbings which happened within days of each other. Detectives connected Joel M. Arevalo on Friday to separate stabbings on Tuesday and Thursday night.

A judge set Arevalo’s bond at $75,000 on Friday in a Spokane courtroom. Prosecutors charged him with assault and burglary. The judge required that Arevalo receive mental health treatment if he makes bail.

Officers arrested him on Thursday following another stabbing. Police used a K-9 to track Arevalo along Dean Street. Officers said Arevalo slashed the tires outside of the home along Dean, forced his way inside, and stabbed his step-grandfather. The victim told police that he awoke to find Arevalo standing over him with a knife.

Police did not recover the knife used in the assault. The victim is in serious condition.

Detectives believe Arevalo stabbed another man 19 times on Tuesday night in north Spokane.

The first victim is also recovering in a Spokane hospital. Police said he suffered 19 stab wounds to his back and neck. His injuries also include a collapsed lung.

Friends said he was returning from a drug store after buying a soda when he was attacked. Officers said the attack is not random but Arevalo’s motive is unclear.

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