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Police: Group of men attacked construction workers, giving one life-threatening injury

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

Three men threw rocks at construction workers Monday, striking one in the head and causing life-threatening injuries, police say.

Monday at 2:22 p.m., officers responded near 1100 W.Summit Parkway to an initial report of a fight, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

Construction workers said they saw three males knocking over Lime scooters, so they started recording them with their phones. The trio knocking down scooters threatened to shoot the workers, threw large rocks at them and damaged property, workers told police.

One construction worker was struck on the back of the head by a rock the size of a softball from about 6 feet away. A medic described the injury as serious and possibly life-threatening. He was transported to an area hospital where his condition was “upgraded to stable,” according to the release.

Meanwhile, a delivery truck on scene, picking up equipment, had both side windows broken out.

The group of men who’d thrown rocks ran from the area and crossed the Monroe Street Bridge. A Spokane Police officer caught up to the group near Main Avenue and Monroe Street. He gave them orders to stop, the release said.

Police haven’t been able to find two of the men, but one, 18-year-old Anthony P. Statton, reportedly ran from the officer. The two were in a foot chase downtown that ended around 900 W.Sprague Ave., where the officer arrested Statton.

While officers searched him, Statton stomped on an officer’s foot and kicked his legs, police say. Statton tried to kick other officers and “flail his upper body in an attempt to assault them,” the release said.

Police put Statton in leg restraints. He was transported to the Spokane County Jail and booked on suspicion of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, second-degree malicious mischief, obstructing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

Statton is a convicted felon and his most recent conviction was two counts of second-degree malicious mischief, the release said.

Police ask those who have information that could help investigators find the other two men involved to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 and reference #2020-20184065.

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