SPD Arrests Suspect for a Stabbing and Unlawful Imprisonment in Regards to a Domestic Violence Incident

Officer D. Strassenberg, Public Information Office

Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 5 p.m.

On 3-8-24 at about 9:25pm, Spokane Police responded to the area of Alki and Fiske after 911 was advised that a female had been injured and was losing a lot of blood.  Officers found the victim in a remote location near a car, with a make shift tourniquet on what appeared to be a stab wound on her leg.  Officers provided life saving measures by applying another tourniquet (medical grade) as well to stop the bleeding.  It was obvious to officers the victim’s life was in danger due to the significant amount of blood loss she experienced, as observed where she was found, and in the vehicle where the victim was at the time of the assault.  In addition to the stab wound the victim also had fresh facial injuries. 

Officers detained a male suspect at the scene and recovered a knife that had blood on it.  At the conclusion of the investigation, Joshua C. Rudolph (38) was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for 2nd Degree Assault (Stabbing) and Unlawful Imprisonment- Domestic Violence.  Due to a medical issue unrelated to this incident, Rudolph was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  SPD stood guard over the suspect for three days until he was transported back to the Spokane County Jail on March 11th at just after 11am.

Rudolph had his first court appearance on the 12th and was released back into the community on his own recognizance. 

Note: Officers were advised by medical personnel at the hospital that if the victim’s leg wound had not received the officer’s immediate medical treatment the injury would have been life threatening.

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