The Spokesman-Review (MCT)
A suspected garage burglar who was confronted by a Spokane homeowner stabbed the man in the forehead with a deer antler, police said.
The suspected burglar, Matthew Marcotte, 53, stabbed the man during an altercation in an alley in the West Central neighborhood Thursday night, according to witnesses. The homeowner told police he’d caught several prowlers in his backyard recently and saw Marcotte with a flashlight rummaging through an unattached garage nearby. When Marcotte emerged from the garage holding several apparent stolen items, the homeowner asked what he was doing.
Marcotte then dropped the property, according to the homeowner’s son, who was also present.
A scuffle ensued, during which Marcotte allegedly plunged the antler into the man’s forehead. Police arrived and took Marcotte into custody.
The homeowner was alert and answering questions from the police after the attack.
Investigators did not say whether the antler was among the items stolen from the garage. One officer wrote in his report the alley was littered with property, including a barbecue, after the confrontation.
Marcotte faces charges of first-degree armed burglary and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. According to court records, he’d been released from jail earlier this month after an arrest in September on an assault charge.