Suspect Arrested after Stabbing in Downtown Spokane

Cpl. Teresa Fuller

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9:10 p.m.

Spokane Police made an arrest in a downtown stabbing incident that occurred this afternoon. Officers took the suspect into custody after she was spotted by Spokane Transit Authority Officers at the STA Plaza downtown.

Today, May 28, 2018, at approximately 2:45pm, an argument occurred between several people near the intersection of S Howard St and W Sprague Ave. One of the subjects, later identified as Nikita E McDowell (23) of Wisconsin, stabbed another female with a knife. The victim’s friends and another witnesses came to the victim’s aid and were able to wrestle the knife away from the suspect. McDowell was initially able to escape and flee the scene on foot.

The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was treated and released.

At around 5:30pm, STA Transit Police Officers, who were notified of the suspect’s description by SPD, recognized McDowell while she was at the STA Plaza. The STA officers notified Spokane Police from the Downtown Precinct who responded and successfully took McDowell into custody without incident.

McDowell was booked into the Spokane County Regional Jail Facility for Assault 2nd Degree. Further charges may be forthcoming. She will appear in court tomorrow at 1:30pm.

This is a great example of the relationships SPD has established with local agencies and how these relationships help keep the residents and visitors of Spokane safe.

SPD encourages anyone who has witnessed a crime or has been a victim of a crime to please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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