October 31, 1996 in Washington Voices

Boy Escapes When Home Burglarized, Ransacked

By The Spokesman-Review
 

An arsenal of guns was taken during a home burglary Monday afternoon, but a boy who was inside the house when the intruder broke in managed to escape unharmed.

The 14-year-old told deputies a car pulled into the driveway about 1:30 p.m. Moments later, a man in his early 20s knocked at the door of the home in the 16100 E. Foothills and then began kicking it.

The boy retreated to another room and climbed out a window, said sheriff’s Lt. David Wiyrick.

He flagged down a worker in a passing county road department truck and the two returned to find the house ransacked.

Several handguns, rifles and shotguns were taken, Wiyrick said.

The burglar was described as white, with long dark hair and wearing a blue coat. The car was a large, older model, tan with a white top.

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

Teen beaten at party

A 15-year-old boy was beaten early Saturday by a group of teenagers at a party in the Spokane Valley.

The victim was hit with a bottle, punched and kicked during the 12:30 a.m. beating. The blows fractured the orbital around one of his eyes, caused both eyes to swell shut, injured his nose and left a shoe print on his temple, Wiyrick said.

After he was beaten, the boy went to a gas station at Sprague Avenue and University Road and called his father, who drove him to Valley Hospital and Medical Center. He was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The motive for the attack was unknown.

Man beaten, robbed

A 40-year-old man was beaten and robbed early Saturday by a man he picked up at a convenience store and drove to the Valley.

The victim remembered little about the attack, telling deputies that he thought he was elbowed in the face. The next thing he remembered was standing outside the car, bleeding profusely from the nose and watching the suspect run away, Wiyrick said.

He was not seriously injured, and managed to drive himself home.

Deputies said the victim noticed his wallet was missing from the glove box several hours after the attack.

Other details are also sketchy.

The victim said he left a downtown tavern and drove to a convenience store, possibly in the West Central area.

There, a man - described as white, in his early 30s, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds - asked the victim for a ride to the Valley.

, DataTimes


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