Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:11 p.m.
Local violent offender with extensive history of Domestic Violence is arrested for Second Degree Assault Domestic Violence as well as Fourth Degree Assault Domestic Violence.
On Feburary 14th 39 year old Ronnie Denell Lacy was arrested by Spokane Police for two counts of assault, domestic violence, one was for assault 2nd degree (a felony) and the other assault 4th degree (a gross misdemeanor). The arrest stemmed from an incident two days before where SPD patrol officers responded to a 911 call from an apartment complex where the caller reported hearing a woman screaming that her boyfriend had a knife. When police arrived they spoke with the victim and witnesses who told police the following. The defendant accused the victim of stealing his cell phone and got angry with her because he could not find it in her belongings. When he could not find the phone he punched her in the head. To defend herself she pushed him away at which time he picked up a knife and came at her. She pleaded with him to stop because she did not want to die. The defendant stopped his advance and then fled the apartment.
The victim further advised she had been assaulted by the defendant a week before and choked by the defendant, the only way she was able to stop his attack was by biting his ear. This incident was not reported to police. Lacy was located on the 14th by SPD officers in the 700 block of west third and taken into custody. Reference Incident #2020-20025634
The defendant has an extensive history of multiple assaults including two felony assaults, two violations of no contact orders, bribing a witness and multiple domestic violence related incidents.
A bond of $100,000 was requested however his bond was set at $7500 on what would be a qualifying third strike if the Lacey was convicted.
Officer John O'Brien