Suspect Arrested at Scene of Early Morning Violent Assault
Spokane Valley Deputies responding to an alarm at the Cenex Zip Trip early this morning arrested 36-year-old Michael D. Rush who was still inside the store.Â The store clerk/victim, who had been viciously beaten and sexually assaulted, was found inside the bathroom of the business.Â
Early this morning, just before 5:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a panic alarm at the Cenex Zip Trip Store, located at 8215 E. Trent, in Spokane Valley.
Already in the area, Deputies arrived quickly and found the 24-hour store dark inside with the front door unlocked.Â When they began to enter, they contacted a male later identified as Rush, exiting the bathroom.Â Rush was immediately detained as Deputies worked to locate anyone else inside the business.
The injured adult female (early 40s) victim was found inside the bathroom partially dressed. Â She told Deputies she had been beaten, strangled, and sexually assaulted, by Rush.Â She received immediate medical attention at the scene and was transported to local hospital for serious but, believed to be, non-life-threatening injuries.
Spokane Valley Major Crimes Unit Detectives were called to the scene to continue the investigation.
Rush, a convicted felon and a Level 3 Registered Sex Offender from Chelan County, was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Rape 1stÂ Degree and Assault 2ndÂ Degree.
This investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer