Centennial Trail assault suspect admits to punching victim

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 10:29 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- New details were released Monday related to the Centennial Trail attack last week where the suspect hit a woman with a club.  Police say Avondre Graham is also a person of interest in a stabbing murder in that same area in May.

Medics transported the victim to the hospital after she was allegedly attacked by a stranger near the Centennial Trail on Thursday.

The woman in her 40s told police a man struck her with a mallet and took her cell phone around 4:30 p.m. near Mission Park.

After the assault the woman was dazed and began screaming.

Spokane detectives responded to the assault call and noted that Graham was swimming across the Spokane River to the east side. Numerous citizens directed the detectives to Graham as he ran from the river.

Detectives said they located Graham near the 1200 block of Madelia where he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Court documents showed the suspect admited to detectives that he assaulted the victim by punching her serveral times in the face and head with his fists.

“The victim sustained serious bodily injury which in included but not limited to facial swelling, bruising over several parts of her body and blunt force trauma to her head, requiring stitches to her head at SHMC,” according to court documents.

KREM 2 News will be in the court room for Graham’s first appearance Monday afternoon.

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