Woman says stabbing suspect may have tried same thing last week

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by Honora Swanson & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:28 PM

NORTHEAST SPOKANE -- Sharlotte McGill may not have been the first woman targeted by a killer on a walking trail in Northeast Spokane.

One of the neighbors who came to her aid says she had an encounter with a suspicious man just a couple days ago.
 
Janelle Shippy says she was walking on a sidewalk in the same neighborhood when a man “came out of nowhere” and chased her to the end of the corner.

“He started walking faster and faster and then he started running. I just took off running,” Shippy said. “It was dark out, so I didn’t get a good look at him. I just ran to a friend’s house and they drove me home.”

Spokane Police say they are looking over recent reports to see if they are linked.

Officers detained a person of interest Thursday. Detectives interviewed him and seized his clothing, but released him.

“There is not probable cause to arrest him at this time,” said Interim Spokane Police Chief Scott Stephens, adding he has not been ruled out as a suspect.

Police believe McGill’s murder was random. They urge people to exercise caution and take measures to protect themselves.

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