Man in stabbing faces additional charges

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WALLA WALLA — Three felony charges have been added against a man arrested this month in the brutal stabbing of a woman outside a local tavern.

In addition to the first-degree assault charge filed Monday against Ryan L. Farr, he now is accused of another count of first-degree assault, and one count each of first-degree robbery and first-degree arson related to subsequent crimes.

The new charges were filed Friday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Farr, 30, initially was charged with 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. on Sept. 21.

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

Jackson was hospitalized at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

She reportedly told police she didn’t known why Farr attacked her, adding she only had had two brief conversations with him at the tavern. The second time, Farr threatened to cut her, according to a police report filed in court.

The charges filed Friday relate to crimes Farr allegedly committed after Jackson was stabbed.

Farr is accused of setting a fire in the kitchen at 605 W. Moore St. that was reported about 6 a.m. the next day.

Later, Farr allegedly went back to that residence, the home of an acquaintance, Alan Lawrence, held Lawrence down on a couch while placing a filed-down screwdriver to his throat and threatened to kill him.

Farr eventually calmed down a bit and apologized to Lawrence for setting the house on fire and breaking some property inside, the police report says. Farr then left, but took more than $200, prescription medication, a cellphone and several other items, officials said.

Farr — who has no permanent address — was apprehended and jailed that evening after law enforcement found him hiding in a shed behind 609 W. Moore.

Farr was in possession of the cellphone he took from Lawrence, according to police.

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