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Sirens & Gavels

Blame the heat? Police say swimmers broke into apartment, assaulted tenants

A group of swimmers at a Cheney apartment complex may have overreacted when told the pool was closed and they should get out.

A little before 2 a.m. Saturday at the Eagle Point Apartments, some tenants got fed up with the swimmers and shouted at them from a third-floor balcony, according to a police report. They refused, the argument got heated and the swimmers -- eight to 10 of them -- challenged the tenants to a fight.

When the tenants refused, "the suspects ran up the stairs, kicked in the entry door of the apartment damaging the door frame, and proceeded to physically assault" the tenants, the report says. Two men reported they were punched repeatedly by multiple assailants.

Witnesses told police they heard the commotion and watched the assailants walk to another apartment in the complex. An officer found five people there. Several confessed to entering the apartment, either to fight or break up the fight, but they all claimed not to know who broke down the door.

Ronny Nguyen, 21; Tan T. Nguyen, 19; Ashley K. Vansickle, 23; and James Huynh were arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and assault. They appeared Monday in Spokane County Superior Court and were released from jail pending trial.

Chad Sokol
Chad Sokol is a general assignment reporter for the City Desk. He joined The Spokesman-Review in 2015 as an intern in the Olympia bureau covering state government. After a stint of freelancing, he joined the staff in 2016. His focuses include higher education, jails and prisons, white nationalism and anti-government extremism.

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