Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285
Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:54 p.m.
Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives have arrested 23-year-old Avery Quin Zion Latham. He is currently in the Spokane County Jail and is charged with 2nd Degree Assault (Strangulation), Attempted Murder (X2) and 1st Degree Kidnapping. Latham is accused of rendering a woman unconscious, cutting her neck and leaving her in the yard of a vacant home. The woman survived her injuries and later helped detectives identify her attacker.
Investigation into this incident began with SPD’s initial response on 12/28/14, just after midnight, when police received a 911 report from a woman at a home in the 1800 block of E. 1st Ave. The woman reported a female was outside her home with a large cut on her neck. Medics responded immediately and transported the woman to the hospital.
Spokane Police officers responded to the emergency room. Due to her injury and other factors, information surrounding the incident was difficult to obtain. Based on this limited information, officers attempted to locate a crime scene, however were not able to determine the location where the assault occurred.
Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives conducted follow-up investigation after the incident, however the victim had been released from the hospital and there was no contact information immediately available. Detectives were able to locate the victim at a north Spokane residence and gain additional information about the incident.
The victim indicated she had been at a home in the 1700 block of E. 1st Ave. and had gone to bed at the location on the night of 12/28 when a male, later identified as the suspect, Avery Latham, came into the room and began making sexual advances. She said she refused these advances and the suspect assaulted her. The victim said she lost consciousness and recalled waking up in the yard of a vacant home with a cut to her neck.
In their interview of the victim, detectives learned that after she had been treated and released from the hospital, the victim said she and a friend were looking through photos on social media and located the profile of the individual she believed rendered her unconscious and assaulted her - Avery Quin Zion Latham.
As part of their follow up investigation, detectives discovered Latham had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Latham was located at the home in the 1700 block of E. 1st Ave. where the assault is believed to have occurred and arrested.
Latham was initially booked into the Spokane County Jail for 1st Degree Assault. He has since been charged with 2nd Degree Assault (Strangulation), Attempted Murder (X2) and 1st Degree Kidnapping.
Officer John O'Brien