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.