Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives arrested one juvenile suspect for Assault 2nd Degree following a violent attack, which resulted in a juvenile male victim suffering minor injuries, and a second juvenile suspect hospitalized with serious wounds from a knife. The second suspect was arrested and booked for 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 2nd Degree Assault, and felony Harassment-Threats to Kill.
On September 21, 2019, just after 11:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of an assault and possible robbery, where knives and/or a machete were used, and multiple people stabbed.
Arriving Deputies contacted the victim and a witness. The victim sustained what appeared to be minor injuries and refused medical treatment.
Through the subsequent investigation, Deputies learned the victim and witness had just begun to date. They were with the suspect #1 (17-years-old), who the witness was previously dating, and three of his friends, one of which was the second suspect #2 (14-years-old) who was hospitalized. The victim and witness had kept their new dating status a secret from the suspect #1 (17) because they were afraid of his reaction due to his threatening and violent history.
They all got into the suspect’s #1 (17) vehicle and drove toward his mother’s home in North Spokane County. In the 6700 block of N. Wild Rose Rd., the suspect pulled over, and everyone exited the car. Initially, the suspect #1 (17) attacked the victim with a machete/sword, and the second suspect #2 (14) hit the victim in the back of the head, and the other juveniles joined the attack.
The victim produced a knife from his pocket and began defending himself, resulting in suspect #2 (14) receiving several severe stab wounds. The victim told the witness to run as he escaped and fled into a field. Suspect #2 (14), now holding the machete/sword, chased after the victim yelling, “We are going to (expletive) kill you!”
The victim hid in the field, and the two suspects, along with the two other juveniles, fled the scene in the vehicle. The victim returned to the roadway, located the witness and called law enforcement.
A short time later, the suspect #1 (17) called 911 and reported he was at the hospital with the suspect #2 (14) who had been stabbed by the victim. Deputies quickly responded and contacted both suspects.
Due to the serious nature of the assault and what was believed to be possible life-threatening injuries, Major Crimes Detectives were called to assist.
Suspect #1 (17) was arrested at the hospital and booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for Assault 2nd Degree.
Due to the severity of his injuries, although not life-threatening as previously believed, the suspect #2 (14) wasn’t arrested that evening. After he was released from the hospital, and additional investigation conducted, the suspect #2 (14) was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 2nd Assault, and felony Harassment-Threats to Kill.
All six of the individuals involved are juveniles ranging from 11-17 years of age. The investigation into this incident continues.
Corporal Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer