Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Friday, August 21, 2020 at 3:40 p.m.
Repeat Domestic Violence offender arrested thanks to concern from victim’s employer.
On August 3rd, 2020 around 7:30PM SPD responded to the 2900 block of East 36th Ave. for a report of domestic violence. A neighbor of the victim had called to report that the victim was standing on her balcony, bleeding, and appeared to have been assaulted.
SPD contacted the victim, who was holding a bloody towel over her mouth. She had a swollen lip and an injury to the inside of her mouth.
The victim stated the following:
Earlier that day she ran into her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Stockton (34), at a grocery store and he asked for a ride back to her residence to pick up some items he had left there. The victim agreed and drove Stockton to her residence. Once inside, Stockton told the victim that he was not going to leave and they began arguing. After about 10 minutes, the victim says Stockton came up to her and “sucker punched” her twice in the face. The punches caused the victim to fall to the ground. She then crawled out to her balcony and yelled for help. When she went back inside, Stockton was gone.
It was determined there was probable cause to arrest Stockton for assault 4 DV.
On August, 7th, 2020 at about 11:30AM SPD responded for a welfare check at the 2900 block of East 36th Ave. The complainant explained she was calling on behalf of her employee who had called in sick and was unreachable. The employer was also aware that her employee had recently been involved in a DV Assault with her ex-boyfriend Ryan Stockton.
SPD contacted the victim at her residence who stated she was just sick and home with her daughter. The officer noticed the victim was acting uneasy and giving looks of concern which led the officer to believe there was more going on or that Stockton was inside the residence.
After speaking with the victim a bit longer, her daughter stated something along the lines of “he is here.” The victim allowed SPD to enter the residence, where they found Stockton asleep in the bedroom. Due to established PC, Stockton was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Misdemeanor Assault DV 4.
While reviewing Stockton’s criminal history on August 19th, 2020, it was discovered that he had a history of DV including:
1. Guilty on 03/22/19 in Spokane County Superior Court - Felony DVOPV (Case 18-1-03617-9). Date of crime 08/12/18.
2. Guilty on 05/24/18 in Spokane County Superior Court - Felony DVOPV (Case 18-1-01665-8). Date of crime 04/14/18.
3. Guilty Verdict on 06/1/18 in Spokane County District Court – Misd DVOPV (Case 8z0323176). Date of crime 03/15/18.
4. Guilty Verdict on 06/01/18 in Spokane County District Court - Misd DVOPV (Case CDV180093). Date of crime 03/13/18.
Based on these prior DV convictions against an intimate partner, it was determined that this case be filed in Superior Court as a Felony Assault.
The SPD DV unit completed a supplemental report and a new charging document to amend and formally charge Ryan Stockton with Felony Assault 4 DV.
Officer John O'Brien