UPDATE: Stabbing Suspect Identified and Arrested
With “tips” from the public, Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives identified the suspect as 27-year-old Trever D. Hemen. The investigation continued, and Detectives developed probable cause to arrest Hemen for Assault 1st Degree with a Deadly Weapon.
This afternoon, Major Crimes Detective, Spokane County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Task Force, and Spokane Valley Investigative Unit Detectives located Hemen just north of the area where the violent assault occurred.
Hemen is expected to be booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 1st Degree with a Deadly Weapon.
This investigation remains active, and no further information is available at this time.
The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office want to thank everyone for the tips and information provided by the public. Without your assistance, less than 24 hours after requesting information, today’s arrest would not have been possible.
Press Release sent on August 18, 2022:
Victim Stabbed/Slashed by Unknown Attacker on E. Sprague
Major Crimes Detectives ask for Information from the Public
Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the violent attack of a victim as he walked west of Sprague Avenue. The unknown suspect slashed and tried to stab the victim for some unknown reason.
Anyone with information regarding this vicious attack or who can help Detectives identify this suspect is urged to call Detective Jason Hunt at 509-477-3106, reference #10107074.
On August 16, 2022, at approximately 1:10 am., an adult male victim called 911 to report he was just attacked by an unknown suspect. During the attack, the suspect tried to stab the victim, who fought back but received a deep slash wound to his hand.
He said he did not recognize the suspect and had no idea why he was attacked. He told Deputies he had just started a new job and went for a walk to stay awake as he prepared to work nights. As he walked west on the south side of the 10300 block of E. Sprague, he observed the suspect walking on the north side of Sprague.
The suspect ran across Sprague, crossing to the rear of the victim. The victim looked behind him and noticed the suspect was running toward him and was now directly behind him. The suspect was armed with a large knife in his right hand and suddenly, without warning, began trying to stab and slash the victim with the knife. The victim turned and raised his hand to defend himself, trying to block the knife attack.
The victim received a deep cut to the inside of his right hand during the vicious assault as he told the suspect, “I don’t have anything.” The suspect replied, “I’ll come back for you later.” Before running back across Sprague toward the northeast.
Deputies applied a tourniquet and worked to control the victim’s bleeding until Spokane Valley Fire arrived and took over medical care. The victim was transported by AMR Ambulance to the hospital for additional treatment. The injuries the victim sustained were severe but non-life-threatening.
Deputies established a perimeter and requested the assistance of a K9 Unit to try and locate the suspect. A Deputy, a Spokane Regional Air Support Unit member, launched a UAS (unmanned aerial system) to aid with the search. A Spokane Police K9 Unit arrived and began the ground search, which led in the direction of the Manorvale Apartments, 10101 E. Main Ave. however, the suspect was not located.
The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, 5’08”, and 180 pounds. He wore black shorts with a white or silver stripe at the bottom and a black hoodie with the hood up. The suspect had short facial hair that appeared light brown or strawberry blonde, matching his eyebrows. He noted the suspect had what appeared to be the legs from a pair of jeans, wrapped from his wrist to his elbows, on both arms.
From the initial information provided by the victim, this appears to be an unprovoked and random attack. Major Crimes Detectives are asking for the public’s help regarding this violent attack, or that may help identify the suspect.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or who can help Detectives identify this suspect is urged to call Detective Jason Hunt at 509-477-3106, reference #10107074.