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Spokane County Washington - Assault Investigation at Apartment Complex Continues 20 May 2022 ( news )
Spokane County , state Washington ( By Press Release office)
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Assault Investigation at Apartment Complex Continues
Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate a violent assault at the Loma Vista Apartments in Spokane Valley . The suspect , an acquaintance of the victim , began hitting the victim in the head with a small hammer . The victim was transported to the hospital but later released . Investigators believe they have the suspect identified , but he has not been located .
On May 19 , 2022 , at approximately 6:10 pm . , Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of an assault at the Loma Vista Apartments , 105 S . Havana Street in Spokane Valley .
AMR EMTs , at the location for an unrelated situation , reported they were approached by a male ( victim ) bleeding from his head and initially thought he may have been stabbed . They quickly provided medical attention .
Arriving Deputies located the victim’s apartment and found it to be empty .
Initial information gained at the scene was the adult male suspect is an acquaintance of the victim , and he had called stating he wanted to come by the apartment to pick up some of his property . The suspect and another adult male arrived at the apartment , and they hung out for a short time .
The victim stated that suddenly and without provocation , the suspect picked up a small hammer from the victim’s tool bag and began striking him in the head . After a short struggle , the victim fled the apartment and into the parking area , where he contacted AMR . The victim advised the third male did not participate in the assault . The victim was transported to the hospital for additional treatment/evaluation and was later released .
Deputies searched the area for the suspect , but he was not located .
At approximately 7:00 pm . , a citizen reported seeing an unidentified male jump into a garbage can in the 6600 block of E . Sprague . Deputies responded to the location and contacted a male believed to be the subject who accompanied the suspect . The male was identified , interviewed by Major Crimes Detectives , and late released without charges .
This remains an active investigation , and no further information is available at this time .
The suspect , when located , potentially could face a felony assault charge , among others .
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