Sirens & Gavels

Couple hurt in Fourth of July attack

 Police are trying to identify a group of assailants who beat a young couple near the Spokane Arena on the Fourth of July.

Shantell Rushing, 21, and her boyfriend Jorge Ruiz, 21, were walking north on Howard Street from Riverfront Park when a group of about 10 juveniles attacked them near Cataldo Street.

Ruiz was knocked unconscious and needed stitches for to seal a head wound; Rushing suffered facial wounds and other injuries.

Rushing said they passed the group on the walk but didn't have any contact until the assault. They said the juveniles appeared to be about 15 and said nothing during the attack. Four of them returned to continue beating Ruiz and stole his wallet, keys and cellphone, Rushing said.

Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said detectives have little information regarding possible suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.




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