Apartment Maintenance Manager Arrested After Sexual Assault
Spokane Valley Sexual Assault Unit Detectives arrested the suspect of a sexual assault and booked him into the Spokane County Jail for Rape 1st Degree. Burglary 1st Degree and additional charges. The suspect was determined to be the apartment maintenance manager at the location and reportedly used his “master key” to enter the victim’s apartment as she slept.
On March 25, 2022, at approximately 2:05 am., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the welfare check of a female who lived in an apartment located in the 12200 block of E. 4th Avenue.
Deputies contacted a female, who appeared obviously frightened at the apartment. As she spoke, she spoke softly, stating the suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Lee R. McNutt, was still inside her apartment.
Deputy Keifer Smith and Deputy Parker Perry entered the apartment and found and detained the suspect, who was found naked and hiding in the bedroom closet.
Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) Detectives were contacted to continue this investigation with the assistance of the Forensics Unit.
The initial information that indicated McNutt is the apartment maintenance manager of the complex and does have a master key to the apartments was confirmed. As the investigation continued, SAU Detective Brad Humphrey developed probable cause to charge McNutt with Rape 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Harassment-Threats to Kill, and Unlawful Imprisonment.
McNutt was booked into the Spokane County Jail for the above-listed charges.