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Tuesday, November 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Dog poop sparks fight between neighbors

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

A woman found dog poop outside her front door on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 and Dwight Collins walking away from the scene. It led to a fight between the neighbors and Collins’ arrest. (Teresa Fuller / Spokane Police Department)
A woman found dog poop outside her front door on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 and Dwight Collins walking away from the scene. It led to a fight between the neighbors and Collins’ arrest. (Teresa Fuller / Spokane Police Department)

When a woman opened the door of her Spokane apartment on Tuesday, she looked down and saw dog poop smeared on the ground.

What happened next led to the arrest of 61-year-old Dwight Collins, who is being charged with two counts of assault. Collins and the woman are neighbors who live in the same apartment complex at 2100 N. Crescent Ave.

A little after 4 p.m. when the woman saw the feces, she saw Collins, who lives downstairs in the apartment complex, fleeing, court records say.

“She immediately believed he had put the feces in front of her door” because Fogelman and her husband, Jesus Martinez, have a history of disputes with Collins, according to court records. The prime cause of their disagreements is Collins’ refusal to pick up after his dog, police said in a news release.

When she confronted Collins, he allegedly charged her and punched her in the lower back, according to court records.

Martinez tried to grab Collins and they began “fighting down the stairs of the apartment complex.” Collins allegedly choked Martinez around the neck with a chain.

Fogelman “could see her husband’s face turning purple,” and Martinez “felt like he was seconds away from losing consciousness,” but Collins let go of the chain, police said.

The fight ended, and police officers arrived. Collins was placed under arrest, and the victims were treated and released at the scene, according to a news release from the Spokane Police Department.

Collins appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday and is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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