SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane police tracked down a man they call a violent home burglar, who allegedly threw a homeowner down a flight of concrete stairs.
The victim, a 62-year-old woman, told police someone knocked on her door in the 900 block of E. 8th Ave. just after 5 p.m. on Sept. 6.
No one was at the door when the woman answered, but she then saw the suspect in her dining room carrying her camera. When she confronted the man, 38-year-old David Bassford, he allegedly knocked her to the ground and hit her repeatedly. He then picked up the woman and threw her down the concrete stairs, according to police.
The woman suffered significant injuries and had to have surgery for a broken arm.
The Spokane Police Department’s Patrol Anti Crime Team (PACT) took on the case. After a four-week investigation, officers arrested Bassford Friday. They booked him into jail for first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. Police believe the suspect worked alone.
The police department warns homeowners it is a common practice of burglars to knock on front doors, and then force the door open or proceed to enter through the back of the house. They say Bassford is a very violent offender who could have victimized others.