Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old man with stabbing an acquaintance in the chest, critically injuring him, last week.
Robby Lee Robinson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted second-degree murder. He was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $250,000.
Court documents say the victim was found just before 11:45 a.m. Friday at a home in the 1800 block of Broadway Avenue South.
The victim had been stabbed in the chest. The wound damaged his heart. He was in critical condition but was expected to survive.
Through interviews, sheriff’s detectives learned the victim lived on property that houses several people. Robinson doesn’t live on the property but had spent the night in one woman’s trailer, court documents state.
The victim told detectives Monday that he and Robinson got into an argument. (Court documents don’t say what it was over.)
During a confrontation, the victim was punched in the face and stabbed him, court documents state.
Robinson was arrested Tuesday at the Pierce County City Building when he showed up to quash an arrest warrant in an unrelated drug case. He reported that he’d been involved in an argument with the victim, court documents state.
Robinson claimed the victim ran out of his house. Robinson said he punched the victim to protect himself. He denied stabbing the victim.