April 18, 2014 in City

In brief: Police say man dragged, hit girlfriend

 

Police jailed a man Wednesday suspected of yanking his girlfriend from a car last January and dragging her along North Division Street by her hair during 5 o’clock rush-hour traffic.

The violent episode ended when a man came running out of nearby Physzique Fitness and pulled Zachery D. Gring, 21, away from the woman, according to court documents.

Gring is being held on $20,000 bond on charges of attempted kidnapping, assault and harassment.

Witnesses told police Gring had cut the woman off in traffic and forced her to stop in the 9300 block of North Division. After dragging her by the hair, Gring slammed her head against a car and punched her repeatedly in the face, according to police.

Gring threatened to stab the man who pulled him away from the woman, but instead drove away. A witness recorded a portion of the January attack with his cellphone.

At the time the woman told police she was too afraid to give a statement, but later decided to come in and talk because she was afraid Gring would kill her, according to court documents.

Nina Culver

Spokane man jailed in stabbing near trail

A 26-year-old Spokane man with a history of violent crimes downtown was jailed Wednesday on suspicion that he stabbed a man near the Centennial Trial.

Edward Donoian is accused of attacking another man with two knives outside the Bel Franklin apartments early Monday. The other man suffered a stab wound to his stomach, according to witnesses walking along Division Street.

Spokane police arrested Donoian along the Centennial Trail through Gonzaga University’s campus.

Donoian also was stabbed in the fight and was treated at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He told medics in the ambulance that he was “going to kill that guy,” according to police.

Donoian’s criminal record includes an assault conviction and three-month jail sentence for participating in an October 2012 beating that left two men senseless at the intersection of West Sprague Avenue and North Howard Street. The first man stabbed in the fight Monday is not expected to be charged in the knife fight, according to police.

Kip Hill


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