Man wanted in tavern stabbing arrested Saturday night

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WALLA WALLA — A man wanted in connection with a brutal stabbing at a local tavern Friday was arrested Saturday night.

Ryan L. Farr, 30, was found hiding in a garage at 609 W. Moore St., only two blocks away from where police said he beat and stabbed a woman at the Border Tavern, 604 W. Elm St.

The victim, Venita Jackson, 47, was reported in stable condition on Saturday night.

According to police, Jackson was in the parking lot of the tavern talking on her cellphone when Farr approached her and “punched her several times in the head and then stabbed her multiple times in the head and upper body.”

As of Sunday morning, police have no motive for the assault because they have not been able to question Farr and Jackson.

It is also unknown how Farr got away from the tavern and was able to hide in the neighborhood for just over 24 hours.

Police were also investigating if Farr was responsible for an arson fire early Saturday at 605 W. Moore St, which is across the alley from where Farr was arrested.

The person who reported the fire said he saw an unknown man leaving the house just before the fire was discovered, fire officials said.

Farr was taken into custody without incident at 9:15 on Saturday night. He was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of first-degree assault, failure to comply and a Department of Corrections violation.

Farr’s bail was set this morning at $75,000.

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