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Friday, February 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Suspects in assault on transgender woman arrested

Police have arrested two men suspected in the Friday beating of a transgender woman inside the Boots Bakery at 20 W. Main Ave.

Adam R. Flippen, 45, is facing charges of second-degree assault and malicious harassment. Marc A. Fessler, 42, is facing one charge of malicious harassment. Both men have been booked into the Spokane County Jail and are expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Business owner Patrick DeVries, who also works with the Crime Stoppers program, said he is one of several people who contacted police to identify Flippen when police released surveillance photos of the two suspects early Tuesday.

“He did some painting on my property a couple years ago,” DeVries said. “We chatted here and there.”

The beating spurred a call to action as 150 people descended on the Spokane City Council meeting Monday night to speak against such violence and complain that police officers were not respectful of beating victim Jacina Carla Scamahorn.

This story is developing and will be updated.
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