Boyfriend arrested following a stabbing on Hardesty Road

Staff Writer

Spokane County Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate a March 18 stabbing on North Hardesty Road near Chattaroy.
Aaron J. Lahde, 40, the boyfriend of the unnamed victim, was booked him into the Spokane County Jail on a first-degree assault charge following the initial investigation.
According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to two residences in the 17600 block of North Hardesty Road for the report of a stabbing.
The caller reported an unknown male had stabbed the victim with an 18-inch knife. Arriving deputies contacted the 35-year-old female victim who had been bleeding profusely from her leg. She was uncooperative and did not want to talk.
Initially, the victim stated she was riding a bicycle out on the road when an unknown male jumped out and tried to take her bike and when she resisted, he stabbed her and ran away. She explained it was too dark to see her attacker and she could not provide any further information.
Major Crimes detectives were called to the scene to assist with the investigation. During that time, it was discovered Lahde could be heard in the background during the 911 call stating, “I did this. I’m going to go to prison.”
Lahde originally said friends of the victim were visiting with her in another room. He heard the victim scream, and when he went to investigate, he observed them fleeing the residence.
A detective confronted Lahde advising him the evidence contradicted his story. During the interview, Lahde confessed to stabbing the victim in the leg with a very large knife after they began fighting about a text he received from another girl.
He explained that when the victim became angry and approached him, while he was seated in a chair, he pulled a knife from under the seat and stabbed the victim in the leg.
The victim was transported to a hospital and received medical attention for her wound but continued to be uncooperative with investigators.