Suspect In Dillons Stabbing Makes First Court Appearance

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The suspect in a weekend stabbing at a central Topeka Dillons grocery store cannot be released from jail right now.

27-year-old Anthony Downing made his first court appearance Monday on charges of attempted second degree murder, aggravated battery and interference. The judge set a $100,000 bond, however, Downing cannot be released because he will not submit to fingerprinting.

Downing currently has a July 17th docket hearing set as his next appearance.

Topeka Police say Downing stabbed 26-year-old Joshua Nottingham several times just before 7 am Saturday at the Dillons near Huntoon and Lane.

Nottingham works at the store. Police say some sort of fight between him and Downing escalated and led to the stabbing.

Nottingham underwent surgery Saturday. No update on his condition was being released Monday.

Incidentally, this is the same Dillons store where two Topeka police officers were shot and killed December 16, 2012. Officer Jeff Atherly and Corp. David Gogian were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the store's parking lot when a passenger in the vehicle, who police identified as David Tiscareno, got out and opened fire. Tiscareno was later shot and killed following a standoff with authorities.


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