SPD: Wanted domestic violence suspect found assaulting victim, arrested on new charges
SPOKANE, Wash. — A man previously wanted on domestic violence charges was found assaulting his victim overnight, according to the Spokane Police Department.
James Ray House, 54, was booked into the Spokane County Jail early Thursday morning.
SPD put out an alert about House on August 21, saying he was wanted for felony harassment, fourth-degree assault-DV and disclosing intimate images. At the time, he was believed to be on the South Hill.
On Thursday, officers received a report of a possible domestic violence incident at a home near Ferris High School. When officers arrived, they found House on top of the victim, who was pleading for help.
Officers took House into custody and later learned he had a previous relationship with the victim, but did not live at the house. The victim woke up to find House in her house, SPD said.
The victim told police House had assaulted her for about an hour before officers arrived and had choked her unconscious several times during the encounter. SPD said House had a knife in his hands and was threatening to kill her if she called police.
House reportedly tried to stab the victim when officers arrived, but immediately dropped the knife and surrendered when they entered the room.
The victim suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to her face and head.
House now faces several new charges, including first-degree attempted murder, first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
House will make his first appearance in court on Thursday morning.
Spokane County has the highest rate of domestic violence offenses in the state of Washington. If you are a victim, there is help.
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