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Suspect in knife attack in Vancouver homeless camp in court Tuesday

By , Columbian staff writer

UPDATE: Stinlee Dornelus’ first appearance hearing was set over again to Wednesday because he is still in the hospital.

A transient man arrested Sunday in connection with a stabbing at a homeless camp in downtown Vancouver is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court.

Stinlee Dornelus, 26, was supposed to appear Monday morning on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder, but the court learned he was in the hospital. The hearing was set over to today.

Vancouver police responded at 2:23 a.m. to a homeless camp in the streets west of Share House, 1115 W. 13th St. Officers found Brian Moore, 40, suffering from three stab wounds to his upper body, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Vancouver police Officer Ilia Botvinnik said multiple officers provided chest seals and a tourniquet for Moore before he could be treated by emergency medical personnel. He underwent surgery later Sunday and is expected to survive his wounds, Botvinnik said.

Moore told police that Dornelus stabbed him, court records state.

Police found Dornelus in a parking lot down the street and said Dornelus had a knife. He allegedly admitted to stabbing Moore but said that Moore had hit him with a bat, the affidavit says.

Dornelus allegedly told police he stabbed Moore once and that Moore’s other stab wounds could have come from others who were mad at him, court records state.

Police said they couldn’t find any witnesses to the stabbing, according to court records.

Officers arrested Dornelus because of his inconsistent statements about what happened and Moore’s “life-threatening” stab wounds, the affidavit states.

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