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Bail set at $500,000 for man accused of stabbing Tacoma pastor

Post by Brian Sandford / The News Tribune on April 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
April 12, 2012 6:56 pm

A man suspected of stabbing his pastor at their Tacoma church was ordered jailed Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bail while Pierce County prosecutors decided what charges he should face.

Ivan Zaytsev is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Superior Court.

Tacoma police said Zaytsev attacked the Rev. Peter Sayenko of the Slavic Christian Center on Tuesday night as the men talked in the pastor’s church office.

Deputy prosecutor Patrick Cooper said Thursday that Sayenko was punched in the face, then stabbed in the back with a sharp implement. The pastor is recovering.

Zaytsev, who reportedly had been receiving marriage counseling from Sayenko, allegedly showed up at the church and demanded to speak to the pastor. Sayenko interrupted a service he was presiding over to talk to Zaytsev, police said.

Police arrested Zaytsev on Wednesday and booked him into jail for investigation of first-degree assault.

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