Trial in stabbing of Domino’s Pizza employee begins Monday

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The stabbing took place behind this Domino's Pizza location at 22914 Highway 99.
The stabbing took place behind this Domino’s Pizza location at 22914 Highway 99 in Edmonds.

The trial of a 34-year-old Shoreline man in connection with the Jan. 17, 2015 stabbing of a Domino’s Pizza employee begins Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court.

The suspect, Christopher V. Cowan, faces multiple charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery in connection with the incident that sent 40-year-old Mike Brenick to Harborview with potentially life-threatening injuries.

According to charging documents, on the night in question Brenick parked his electric vehicle behind his workplace located in the Brentwood Plaza strip mall at 22914 Highway 99 in Edmonds near a power outlet in order to charge the battery while he was at work.

Upon returning to the vehicle, he found a male inside the car who was appearing to be taking property from it. Brenick opened the door, pulled him out, and in the ensuing scuffle was stabbed three times. Brenick was rushed to Harborview Hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. He has since been released, and according to Edmonds police is doing fine.

The assailant fled on foot. A K-9 track by Edmonds police — with assistance from Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek police, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol — was unable to locate him. Subsequent investigation led police to Cowan, who was apprehended and arrested on Jan. 21 while walking on Highway 99.

Formal charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery were filed by the Snohomish County Prosecutor on Aug. 13.

— By Larry Vogel

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