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$1M bail set for 22-year-old man accused of rape, kidnapping, animal cruelty, assault

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

The Spokane County Jail. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The Spokane County Jail. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A 22-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting his girlfriend and abusing her and her dog during two separate incidents in October is being held on $1 million bond in Spokane County jail while he awaits a trial scheduled for December.

Jared D. Abrams was arrested Oct. 26 for allegedly strangling his girlfriend of about a month and attacking her dog, according to court documents. The woman told a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detective that Abrams had also sexually assaulted her Oct. 8, when deputies had responded to a domestic-violence-related assault involving the couple.

Abrams has several previous convictions for assault and domestic-violence-related charges, including in 2014, twice in 2016 and in July, court records say.

Abrams, who has not worked in over a year and has been homeless for months, according to court records, is charged with first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree assault and animal cruelty.

Abrams allegedly broke the bathroom door in the woman’s Spokane Valley apartment while she was inside to assault her on Oct. 8, according to court documents. He allegedly strangled her twice over the course of the alleged assault, which she said last several hours, causing her to black out two times.

The woman said Abrams tied her hands together and took away her cell phone while he forcefully had intercourse with her, according to court documents. The woman said she tried to stab Abrams in the neck and ribs with a carpet knife while he strangled her, and a neighbor called the police when they heard screaming.

The neighbor told investigators domestic violence between Abrams and the woman was an ongoing problem, according to court records.

Abrams left the apartment before law enforcement arrived, court records say. The woman told police Abrams returned to her apartment on Oct. 26 to apologize, but he kicked her dog in the face, causing it to bleed from the nose and foam from the mouth.

Abrams then allegedly shoved the dog’s feces down its throat and left the room, according to court records. The woman said Abrams attacked the dog a second time when he returned to the room, then took her phone and headbutted her when she asked for it back.

She said Abrams continued to not let her leave the apartment for at least 11 hours and hit her when she answered his questions, according to court records. She said Abrams headbutted her again when she tried to push him away, causing her to bleed profusely.

Abrams allegedly continued to hit her and dragged her onto her bed by her hair, according to court records. The woman said Abrams then strangled her multiple times, bit her and kicked her in the head around a dozen times when she struggled with him and fell to the floor.

The woman said Abrams began to leave once she had the carpet knife in her possession, but he came through the door once more, kicked her in the kidneys and told her not to move until she heard the front door slam, court records say.

The woman said she called 911 once she saw Abrams’ car leave, according to court records.

The woman had bite marks on her arm, bruises on her arms, legs, face and neck, and several bumps on her head when a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective interviewed her on Oct. 28, according to court records.

Abrams is scheduled to stand trial Dec. 30 in Spokane County Superior Court.

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