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Revenge goes awry for Spokane Valley man

An effort at retaliation went badly for a Spokane Valley man on Wednesday night.

Roger D. Holmes, 39, went to the apartment of a neighbor armed with a military knife intent on revenge, according to police.

He ended up in a downtown Spokane hospital with scissor wounds to the head and now is facing a charge of first-degree assault against the 47-year-old neighbor.

A week ago, the neighbor reportedly had broken into Holmes’ apartment and assaulted him, police said.

Holmes went back to the neighbor’s apartment about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday armed with a military knife and forced his way inside, where another fight ensued.

Officers called to the scene found Holmes on the ground in front of one unit at the Valley Green Apartments, 12400 E. Eighth Ave., and the other man inside a second apartment with stab wounds to his chest, thumb and neck, which required hospitalization.

Police seized a knife, large screwdriver, a pair of shears and an open pocket knife.

Detectives reported that alcohol and drugs may have played a role in the episode.