Port Angeles man charged in stabbing, faces arraignment May 6

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man has been charged in a Sunday morning stabbing.

John Greystoke, 49, is expected to plead not guilty to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon at his 1:30 p.m. May 6 arraignment in Clallam County Superior Court, Harry Gasnick of Clallam Public Defender said Wednesday after representing Greystoke before Judge Christopher Melly that day.

Greystoke had been arrested Sunday for investigation of first-degree assault-domestic violence in the stabbing of Adam T. Gross.

Gross, 40, who was staying at Greystoke’s apartment in the 800 block of South C Street in Port Angeles at the time of the assault, remained under treatment for an eviscerated abdomen Wednesday afternoon at Olympic Medical Center, where he was listed in satisfactory condition.

Officer David Dombrowski found Gross bleeding profusely while lying on his back at the curb on South C Street when the officer investigated a report of the stabbing at 6:34 a.m. Sunday, Dombrowski said in his report.

Bystanders had covered Gross’ abdomen with towels, Dombrowski added in his report.

He said a portion of Gross’ intestines were hanging out of his torso from a severe laceration.

Officer’s account

Here is Dombrowski’s account of the events leading up to the stabbing after he interviewed witnesses:

Gross was invited to stay at Greystoke’s apartment after Gross’ eviction from his own apartment.

Gross had been staying at Greystoke’s for about 10 days and his girlfriend was there for about four days when Greystoke’s landlord became upset about having to fix things in the apartment and about too many people being at the apartment.

Greystoke told Gross and his girlfriend to leave by the end of April after the landlord threatened Greystoke with eviction.

A relative of Greystoke’s told them to leave Saturday night.

Greystoke, who told an officer that he was diagnosed as psychotic and as having schizotypal personality disorder, became increasingly upset at the couple.

When Gross returned from a store early Sunday morning and opened the apartment door, Greystoke allegedly yelled at him to leave and stabbed him in the abdomen.

Witnesses said they saw Greystoke run down C Street and West 10th streets wearing bright-pink tights.

He was arrested without incident at about 7 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West Second Street after he said he had stabbed someone, police said.

He took police to where he said he had hidden the knife, which he said was 6 inches long and fluorescent green.

Police said they found a knife.


Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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