Spokane Police: Victim defends herself, daughter by stabbing burglary suspect with kitchen knife

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The victim in a home burglary on the South Hill defended herself and her daughter by stabbing the suspect, Spokane Police said in a release.

Officers responded to a home on E. 23rd Ave when the victim reported a man was trying to break into her home for the second time that day. Police had responded to the home for an earlier call, but were unable to locate the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Nicholas Abraham.

Police said the victim and her daughter were hiding in a bedroom when Abraham tried to open the front door. Simultaneously, the victim armed herself with a kitchen knife.

Officers said Abraham threw a brick through the bedroom window and tried to force his way in. The victim was standing next to the window at the time.

According to the release, Abraham was making statements about raping the victim while trying to get inside the home.

In fear for her and her daughter’s safety, the victim used the kitchen knife to stab Abraham. He went to the back door, but reportedly tried two more times to get back in through the broken window.

Officers arrived shortly after to find Abraham on the back patio. He was taken into custody and treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

During the investigation, officers determined Abraham had arrived at the home in a vehicle stolen from Wendle Motors earlier in the day.

The victim suffered cuts on her hand from the broken glass of the bedroom window. She was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.

After his release from the hospital, Abraham was booked into the Spokane County Jail for first-degree burglary with sexual motivation and vehicle theft.