A Spokane Valley teenager was arrested Thursday afternoon after officials say he broke the window of a car with an infant inside, destroyed his mother’s apartment and attacked sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies were called to an apartment complex in the 12400 block of East Mansfield Avenue on Thursday morning after receiving reports of a boy in his late teens smashing things with a baseball bat. The teen appeared emotionless when initially contacted inside his mother’s damaged apartment but then jumped up and attacked a deputy, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
The teen punched a deputy in the face and grabbed another by the throat during a violent struggle that involved the use of pepper spray and a taser, the Sheriff’s Office said. The taser was ineffective because of the teen’s baggy clothes. It reportedly took four deputies to arrest the teen, who allegedly spit on a paramedic called to check him for injuries.
A woman in the apartment complex was trying to get her car inside her garage when the teen broke out her car window while shouting “You tried to kill me, so I’m going to kill you,” the Sheriff’s Office said. He’s also suspected of using the bat to hit doors and other cars. The woman and the infant inside her car were not injured.
The Sheriff’s Office has dealt with the same teen several times in the last week, during which he was arrested twice and taken for a mental evaluation once. He was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree malicious mischief and five counts of third-degree assault.
The deputies received cuts, bruises and abrasions during the incident. The teenager has not been identified because he is a minor.
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