Suspect Arrested after Violent DV Assault


Suspect Arrested after Violent DV Assault

Spokane Valley Deputies with the assistance of K9 Bane arrested 42-year-old Sonny E. Cannella for Assault 2nd DV, a felony.  Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.


On July 12, 2017, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 911 call was received from a young child stating his mother had been beaten up and was bleeding.

Several Deputies responded to a residence located near Moen and Sprague in Spokane Valley and contacted the adult female victim.  She was bleeding heavily from her head and Deputies observed blood throughout the residence.  Spokane Valley Fire personnel provided medical treatment on the scene before she was transported to a local hospital for additional care.

Due to the severity of the crime and injuries to the victim, Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.

Deputies learned the suspect, identified as Cannella, fled the scene on foot prior to their arrival.  A perimeter was quickly established and Deputy Hilton and his K9 partner Bane arrived to conduct a search.  K9 Bane led Deputies to an alleyway behind the residence where he alerted on a male lying face down on the ground with his body halfway in the alley and half in the weeds.  Commands for the male to show his hands were given but the male only raised his head slightly and put it back down.  Not positively knowing if the male was Cannella, a transient, or some other male, K9 Bane stayed with Deputy Hilton as cover.  Deputies approached and detained the male who was positively identified as Cannella.

Deputy Hilton and K9 Bane completed an area search for evidence and located a pair of white shoes with blood on them and other items which were collected as evidence.

The victim’s injuries were severe requiring her to be hospitalized but are not believed to be life threatening.

Cannella stated he had been drinking, taken medications and ingested nicotine oil and was provided medical treatment before being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 2nd DV.  He also has an active Wisconsin Department of Corrections felony warrant for his arrest.

The child was not injured and is safe.

Deputy Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

Spokane News original posting of this incident can be found HERE

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