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Elderly Man Assaulted By Robbers In His Home

An elderly man was assaulted and robbed in his north Spokane home Sunday night, police said.

The man told officers that he was eating dinner in his Sharp Avenue home about 5:15 p.m. when two women came to the door and asked if they could come in. He told them to leave, police said.

About an hour later, two other women knocked on the door and walked into the home uninvited. One went to the refrigerator and opened a can of soda. The resident did not know them, police said.

The resident heard a noise from the second floor and, when he walked to the stairs, was confronted by a man with a weapon that police did not identify. Another man also was in the house, police said.

The assailants demanded money and hit the resident in the head twice. He fell partway down the stairs, ran out the back door and to a neighbor’s house, where he called police, officers said. His wounds required stitches at a local hospital.

The man said money and a rifle were taken from the home.

The male assailants were described as white and between 18 and 25 years old. The women were described as white and between 15 and 17 years old.

An investigation continues. , DataTimes


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James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.