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Friday, September 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Girlfriend says Spokane man tried to scalp her, cut fingers off

Police arrested a Spokane man Wednesday evening after his girlfriend said he tried to scalp her and cut off her fingers.

Dmitry Reznikov, 25, held his girlfriend captive in her own home for three days while he beat and stabbed her with their child present, according to court documents. He faces first-degree assault, kidnapping and harassment charges.

She told police Reznikov punched her in the face about 40 times, repeatedly hit her with the handle of a knife, threw cans and bottles at her, kneed and stabbed her in the back, held a knife to her throat and tried to cut her fingers off. At one point, he tried to scalp her with the knife starting under her left eye, court documents say.

“It was pretty horrific,” said Spokane police Cpl. Jordan Ferguson, who was one of the responding officers.

Court documents say the victim told police Reznikov said she was evil and he was going to kill her. He allegedly said he would “still go to heaven.”

The two had been dating for seven years.

The victim said Reznikov is on Suboxone for his drug addiction but ran out of medication a while ago, court documents say. Suboxone is commonly prescribed to treat opioid addictions including heroin. She also told police he was an alcoholic and had been drinking.

Ferguson said the victim had “serious and obvious injuries.” Those included bruising and swelling around her eyes and on her back, as well as cuts on her fingers and marks under her eye that appeared to have been caused by knife scraping, court documents say.

“We went at it with everything we had,” Ferguson said of the charges against Reznikov.

The attack finally ended when Reznikov’s mother showed up at the house and created a diversion to help the victim escape, Ferguson said. The victim was taken to a hospital and treated.

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