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Woman stabs burglar who told victim he planned to rape her, police say

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

A Spokane woman stabbed a burglar on two occasions after he tried to enter her house multiple times Monday.

“Other than a horror movie, nobody gets stabbed and comes back for more,” said Ally Rice, the victim.

Rice said she heard a knock on her door Monday morning and went to answer it, assuming it was her dad. Instead, it was a disheveled man who demanded $800 to “go to Las Vegas,” Rice said.

Rice said she replied, “Oh, Las Vegas is great. Let me go ask my husband.”

She hoped this would give the impression there was someone else in the house, Rice said. She then shut and bolted the door and called police.

Police responded to her home on the 3900 block of East 23rd Avenue, according to a Spokane Police Department statement, but they could not find the suspect.

Rice, who described herself as “scared,” then called her young adult daughter to come over.

As Rice’s daughter was leaving and heading back to her car, which was parked outside the house, the burglar pulled behind her, blocking her in, Rice said.

Her daughter ran back inside the house and the two women bolted the door, grabbed kitchen knives and retreated to the bedroom at the back of the house. Rice’s daughter then called police and told them the burglar from earlier in the day had returned.

The suspected burglar, later identified as Nicholas A. Abraham, 28, then threw a brick through the bedroom window, police said. Rice was standing next to the window when the brick was thrown.

“I was still trying to keep an eye on him,” Rice said. “He grabbed me, and that’s when I started stabbing him.”

Abraham then ran around to the front of the house. Rice ran up to the front of the house as well, hoping to take a photo of the burglar’s license plate. Police later discovered the car had been stolen earlier the same day.

The suspected burglar again tried to force his way through the bedroom window while making comments about raping her, the police statement said.

Rice stabbed Abraham for a second time, she said. In total, she estimated she stabbed him five times.

“At the time, it wasn’t a decision, it was an instinct that he wasn’t getting in this house,” Rice said.

When police arrived, Abraham was on the backyard patio. He was arrested and taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Rice was also hospitalized and was treated for the cuts on her hands and arms from the broken glass.

Both Rice and her wife said they were “grateful” for the police department’s response.

Abraham was charged with first-degree burglary with sexual motivation and vehicle theft. Abraham pleaded guilty in 2016 to felony possession of a controlled substance and taking a motor vehicle without permission.

Rice said she is thankful she was able to protect herself and her daughter.

“Well, I’m glad it happened to me and not some girl who can’t defend herself,” Rice said.

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