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Spokane police investigating man linked to half dozen sexual assaults in Spokane

UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

The last of the fall colors hang on to the trees around the Spokane County Courthouse Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The last of the fall colors hang on to the trees around the Spokane County Courthouse Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A man with a criminal history is being investigated in connection to a half dozen rapes and sexual assaults in the Spokane area.

At least four of them happened about a decade ago.

The 26-year-old, who has not been arrested or charged, was named by police detectives in a pair of search warrants filed Tuesday in Spokane County Superior Court.

Spokane police Detective Brian Hamond references six crimes the man has been linked to since 2011, though provides details for just two: an alleged 2011 rape near Deaconess Hospital in which he’s accused of randomly attacking a woman, and a rape in 2013, when an ex-girlfriend said he assaulted her after a party at his lower South Hill home.

The 2011 assault was reported to police on Aug. 3, 2011, when the woman said she was raped in a field near MultiCare Deaconess Hospital after being followed home by a man she briefly met at a bar. Her story later changed, however, according to the warrant, when she told police the attack happened near Riverfront Park after visiting a different bar.

“Since it was unclear whether or not the attack took place at Riverfront Park or the small park next to Deaconess, and other aspects of the victim’s statements were inconsistent, the investigation was suspended,” Hamond wrote.

A report generated in November 2017 by Sorenson Forensics in Salt Lake City, showed male DNA present in the victim’s underwear. The results were sent to the WSP crime lab, which matched the suspect identified in the search warrant.

Detectives contacted the woman in late March of this year and showed her a photo gallery. She selected a different man, saying she was “75% sure it was him,” Hamond wrote.

The second incident stems from a rape reported in January 2013 at the man’s home in the 1600 block of West Eighth Avenue on the lower South Hill. The woman, who was in a relationship with the suspect, told police she was held down and assaulted, then forced to stay inside his home until she could escape early in the morning.

The man was not arrested or charged.

The man was convicted months later for domestic violence after a woman reported he assaulted her.

The man has had six felony convictions in Spokane County since 2013, including one for robbery in 2016.

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