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Posted on: September 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Suspect Arrested After Violent Assault where He Robbed and Attempted to Sexually Assault Employee

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Suspect Arrested After Violent Assault where He Robbed and Attempted to Sexually Assault Employee of Business 

Spokane Valley Deputies arrested the suspect in the violent assault of an employee at a business in the 13500 block of E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.  The suspect fled the location when the Deputies arrived but was later located and arrested with the assistance of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).   He was booked into jail on several felony charges.  The victim received a cut to her hand and some additional injuries from the assault but declined medical attention at the scene.  

The suspect, 27-year-old Gordon Majmeto, is described as Asian/Pacific Islander, approximately 5’06”, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes, wearing baggie blue jeans, a blue baggy t-shirt with a red and white design on the front, light-colored shoes and possibly a black ball cap.   

Due to the information learned about previous acts Majmeto is suspected of committing, combined with this incident, Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) Detectives believe the suspect is possibly associated with other incidents that may not be reported yet.  
 
 They would like to talk with anyone who 
knows 
of the suspect’s activities on September 4, 2023, between 10:00 am and 11:30 am.  Specifically, they are looking for any business or person who may have video of the suspect during this timeframe between Pines Road and Evergreen Road along Sprague Avenue and the surrounding area.  

They also hope to contact anyone who may recognize Majmeto and may have witnessed any suspicious behavior or potential criminal activity in the last few months, even if it hasn’t been reported.  

Please contact SAU Detective Tom Keys at 509-477- 3474, reference Majmeto or #10133564.  

On September 4, 2023, at approximately 11:00 pm, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a possible armed robbery in progress at a business in the 13500 block of E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.   Initially, information was limited due to a language barrier, but the caller stated the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Gordon Majmeto, was still at the location, took the victim’s cell phone the day before, and was now back at the business demanding money.  The Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC) call taker could hear arguing, struggling, and the victim screaming in the background.  

Deputies arrived at the location and could hear a woman scream as they entered the building.  They began to search as they announced their presence and contacted the adult female victim, who was visibly scared and bleeding from her hand.  With the assistance of an interpreter, Deputies learned the victim knew the suspect, Majmeto, from previous contacts where he had reportedly been harassing the victim and other employees.  However, this time, Majmeto physically assaulted the victim, brought her to a back room against her will, threw her down on a bed, and forcefully removed her clothes as she tried to resist.  She thought she would be raped but then heard Deputies announce themselves, causing Majmeto to flee the business.  She described Majmeto as possibly a Black male and provided a picture she took on her phone.  

Deputies looked at the picture and put out Majmeto’s description to other Patrol Deputies, who arrived and established a perimeter.  

The victim said she believed Majmeto was attempting to rape her, hit her several times in the head with his fists, and said he previously stole $1,000 and a cellphone from her.  During an interview, she also disclosed that Majmeto sexually assaulted her two days before this current incident, but she had not reported it yet.    

With probable cause established to arrest Majmeto for several felony charges, Deputies, including a K9-Unit and a UAS operator, began searching the interior area of the perimeter for him.  

Soon after the UAS was deployed, Majmeto was located a short distance away, hiding under a bush in a vacant lot east of S. Blake Road, by the UAS operator.  As Deputies moved to the area to arrest Majmeto, he left his hiding spot, initially jogging, as he moved away from the approaching Deputies.    

From the picture provided by the victim and with the suspect’s name, Deputies realized Majmeto had just been arrested on August 31, 2023, for Assault 4th Degree with Sexual Motivation.  During this incident, Majmeto reportedly grabbed the breast of a 29-year-old female victim without her consent.  Majmeto was released on his own recognizance by Spokane County District Court Judge A. Biviano on September 1, 2023.     
 
 Not knowing if Majmeto was armed, although reported to possibly be armed with a knife, and with him not following commands to stop and show his hands, two impact munitions were deployed after he reached toward his waistband area and continued his defiance.  With the K9-Unit now assisting, Majmeto became compliant and was safely taken into custody.     

Majmeto refused medics and was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Burglary 1st Degree, Robbery 1st Degree (attempted), Assault 2nd Degree, Kidnapping 2nd Degree (attempted), and Rape 1st Degree (attempted).  

Detectives learned Majmeto is also listed as a suspect in the rape of a female in August 2023 and suspected of entering a home uninvited and attempting to coax a young adult female into having sex with him.  Both of these incidents are currently being investigated.  

Due to the information learned about previous acts Majmeto is suspected of committing, combined with this incident, Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) Detectives believe the suspect is possibly associated with other incidents that may not be reported yet.  
 
 They would like to talk with anyone who 
knows 
of the suspect’s activities on September 4, 2023, between 10:00 am and 11:30 am.  Specifically, they are looking for any business or person who may have video of the suspect during this timeframe between Pines Road and Evergreen Road along Sprague Avenue and the surrounding area.  

They also hope to contact anyone who may recognize Majmeto and may have witnessed any suspicious behavior or potential criminal activity in the last few months, even if it hasn’t been reported.  

Please contact SAU Detective Tom Keys at 509-477- 3474, reference Majmeto or #10133564.

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