McDonald's stabbing suspect is arraigned

McDonald's stabbing suspect is arraigned
- By KATU.com Web Staff

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The man accused of stabbing a teenage girl while she was working at a Vancouver McDonald's restaurant was arraigned in court on Friday.

The teenager, 17-year-old Anna E. Svidersky, was taken to the hospital after the stabbing, but she later died.

David Barton Sullivan, 28, is accused of stabbing Svidersky and was arraigned Friday on a charge of first-degree murder.

David Sullivan walks into court

Police were called to the fast food restaurant in the 2800 block of Northeast Andresen just after 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say it appears that the suspect entered the restaurant around 8 p.m. while the victim was in the eating area. It is unclear if she was working at the time or was on a break.

Statement from McDonald's

Police did not disclose any details about the attack, but were able to recover the weapon used in the crime, which was described as a kitchen knife.

Police located the suspect, David Sullivan, walking along Andresen Street a short distance from the McDonald's. He was taken into custody without incident.

During a news conference Friday morning, Sullivan was described as a Level 2 Registered Sex Offender with a criminal history that includes an assault charge in 2001.

Police say he also spent time in a Washington state facility for mental illness, but he was not currently on probation or parole.

The restaurant was closed after the incident and a police chaplain counseled employees who had remained on the scene.

An employee who says she worked the night shift at the restaurant says there was usually no trouble with customers after dark.

Vancouver Police say they do not believe the suspect and the victim knew each other or were associated in any way.