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Spokane Valley man arrested for beating woman, cutting out tongue

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Valley Sheriff's Major Crimes Detectives have charged a man with Attempted Murder 1st Degree, after he badly beat a woman Wednesday night. 

The extent of her injuries include cutting out pieces of her tongue. 

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home in the 11700 block of East Alki Avenue just after 5:30 p.m.

Deputies contacted 60-year-old Vladimir V. Pavlik  as he was leaving the home. SCSO said initially he refused to follow commands, possibly due to a language barrier, and had a large amount of blood on his shirt and pants.

Pavlik was taken into custody without incident.

Deputies entered the home to check for injuries and located an adult female victim lying on the floor covered in blood.

SCSO said the victim appeared to have been badly beaten but was still breathing.

Deputies said they made a gruesome discovery when they observed a knife next to two pieces of human tongue.

Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to continue the investigation because of the seriousness of the assault. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and is listed in critical condition.

Deputies said that due to the intentional, violent and vicious nature of the domestic violence assault, and the life threatening injuries sustained by the victim, Pavlik was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempted Murder, 1st Degree.

Pavlik made his first appearance in court on Thursday afternoon. His bond was set at $1 million.