Rape suspect released from jail two days before Spokane Valley assault

Rape suspect released from jail two days before Spokane Valley assault

A Level 3 Sex Offender from Chelan County is accused of raping and assaulting a Cenex Zip Trip employee just two days after he was released from the Chelan County Jail.

Michael D. Rush has been a registered sex offender in Chelan County since 2002. According to court documents he has 10 felony convictions and at least 10 misdemeanors. Most of those charges were filed in Chelan and Douglas counties- this appears to be his first charge in Spokane County.

Until January 11, court documents say Rush had been locked up in Chelan County for a Department of Corrections violation.

Two days later, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a panic alarm at the Cenex Zip Trip convenience store on Trent and Vista. When they arrived on scene, they found Rush exiting the bathroom. Inside the bathroom was the store’s employee. Her face was bloodied and beaten, and she was only partially clothed.

She told deputies that Rush had raped and strangled her to the point that she lost consciousness. She was taken to the hospital to be treated. At last check her injuries were considered serious but “not expected to be” life-threatening.

According to court documents, Rush first told deputies the woman was his wife, and he had come to the store after she called, saying she had been beaten. He later changed that story. Rush also told deputies he had ingested methamphetamine.

The documents also indicate that, in a later interview with detectives, Rush said he had other victims. He said that if the detectives allowed him to speak to a woman, he would explain.

A female officer was brought into the room but when the detective told Rush he would need to stay in the room, for the woman’s safety, Rush refused to talk.

His bond was set at $750,000 in Spokane County District Court Tuesday. If he bonds out, he will not be allowed to leave Spokane County, and a sexual assault protection order has been put in place.

According to the Washington State Department of Corrections website, there a number of different rules and conditions that might apply to sex offenders under DOC supervision.

A common condition-geographic restriction- meant to keep the offender in a specific area to monitor their activity.

KXLY reached out to WA DOC to ask if a geographic restriction was in effect for Michael Rush, but has not heard back.