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The Today File

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September 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Charges: Suspect in attacks said stabbing people ‘better than meth’

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Booking photo of John A. Fecteau following an earlier arrest in Multnomah County, Ore.

King County prosecutors say a 22-year-old man told Seattle police that stabbing people “was better than meth” after he was arrested for allegedly stabbing two people and robbing another at knifepoint last week.

John  A. Fecteau was charged in King County Superior Court Monday with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree robbery in connection with the Sept. 10 attacks.

In charging documents, prosecutors allege that Fecteau told police after his arrest that he’d enjoyed the attacks and hoped he had severed one victim’s spine.

“I licked their fluids off the blade. That guy, I hope I severed his spine. I’m going to stab one person every day. It’s better than meth,” prosecutors say Fecteau told police.

According to the charging documents,  Fecteau stabbed a man in the neck and woman in the hand after he claimed they were sitting on his piece of cardboard under a bridge near Denny Way and Eastlake Avenue at 12:22 p.m. The victims were able to give a detailed description of their attacker to police and staff at the Youth Care Orion Center, prosecutors allege.

Due to Fecteau’s distinctive tattoos — a set of horns on his forehead and a “devil’s beard” on his chin — Orion employees were  able to provide police with the name of the suspect, prosecutors said.

A little over an hour after the first attack,  Fecteau is alleged to have followed a man, held him up at knifepoint and then chased him down a street in the Belltown neighborhood, prosecutors allege.

Fecteau, who is homeless and has a rap sheet that includes numerous convictions for assault, including one for assault with a deadly weapon,  is being held in King County Jail in lieu of  $245,000 bail.

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