Man charged in Friday stabbing

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WALLA WALLA — A man has been formally charged with the brutal stabbing of a woman outside a local tavern last week.

Ryan L. Farr, 30, was charged Monday afternoon in Superior Court with first-degree assault.

He is accused of attacking Venita Jackson, 47, in the parking lot of the Border Tavern — formerly the Rochester Tavern — at 604 W. Elm St. about 8:20 p.m. Friday.

Farr walked up to Jackson, punched her several times in the head and then stabbed her numerous times in the head and upper body, according to police.

She was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center and prepared for surgery. She last was reported in stable condition.

A police report filed in court says she told officers shortly after the assault that she was attacked by a Hispanic-looking man with the first name of Ryan.

She later identified Farr from a photo montage, according to the police report.

No possible motive has been released, although she reportedly told police she had seen the man at the tavern in the past.

Following an extensive search of the area, officials apprehended Farr — who has no permanent address — about 9:15 p.m. Saturday hiding in a garage at 609 W. Moore St.

At his first appearance in court Monday morning, bail was set at $75,000. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gabriel Acosta said Farr’s criminal record includes two felony convictions in Washington State and about a dozen gross misdemeanors.

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