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Man charged with bringing rifle, stun gun to fight pleads not guilty to separate charges

A 21-year-old man charged with bringing a stun gun and a rifle to a brawl at Meadow Ridge Elementary School earlier this summer pleaded not guilty to separate domestic violence assault charges on Wednesday.

An arrest warrant for Tavion Lewis was issued Nov. 5.

Lewis is charged with second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault in relation to an alleged separate assault and strangulation of his then-girlfriend on Oct. 8. In that instance, Lewis wrapped an arm around the victim’s neck and squeezed until she lost consciousness, according to court records.

Lewis then told the victim, “You’re lucky I don’t do it harder,” court records say.

In June, Lewis was arrested after a fight in a Mead elementary school parking lot where witnesses say he shocked a 16-year-old girl with a pink stun gun and pointed a rifle at multiple people, according to court documents.

When Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Lewis had already left the scene but was contacted the next day by deputies after they viewed a cellphone video of the incident, according to court records.

Deputies went to an apartment on the 3300 block of North Lincoln Street where Lewis was and attempted to speak to him, court records show. Lewis climbed out the window in an attempt to flee, but deputies chased him on foot and arrested him.

Deputies found a pink hand-held ViperTek stun gun in a bedroom drawer in the apartment but did not locate a gun, according to court documents.

Lewis was charged with five counts of second-degree assault for pointing a gun at people involved, one count of fourth-degree assault for use of the stun gun and one count of obstructing a public servant for fleeing the scene.

He has prior felony convictions in Spokane for third-degree assault and second-degree assault, and three misdemeanor fourth-degree assault convictions.

His trial for the school fight is set for Dec. 23. He also has other upcoming court dates.