SPD arrests man who assaulted a woman who got out of her car to help him

Julie Humphreys Public Safety Communication Manager

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 5:17 p.m.

On 6-8-24 at around 7:00 in the morning, SPD responded to a trouble unknown/possible assault report at Napa St. and Trent Ave. Upon arrival officers learned a woman was driving northbound on Napa St. at Trent Ave. where she stopped for a red light. She relayed that she saw a man stumble across the roadway and fall in the middle of traffic. The woman called 911 seeking assistance for the man. The man managed to stand up and approached the woman’s vehicle and she asked him if he was alright. He stated he needed some water. The woman exited her car as another vehicle arrived with a male driver who handed the woman a bottle of water to give to the man.

Responding officers learned that the woman gave the man the water and he ran from the road and straight into a concrete wall and fell to the ground. The woman walked over to the man and offered to help him when he pulled her to the ground and began strangling her causing her to fear for her life. The other driver ran over and pulled the suspect off of the woman who ran to her car with the suspect right behind her. He continued to try and pull her from her car while the male driver tried to pull him away from the woman in her vehicle, eventually succeeding. The woman was able to drive off and stop away from the scene where the male driver who helped her joined her. Officers noted injuries on the woman’s neck consistent with strangulation.

The suspect was still at the scene when patrol officers arrived at that location.  They were able to confirm the identity of the suspect and establish probable cause to arrest him for 2nd Degree Assault. Robert M. Fisher (28) was taken to a local hospital and later booked into the Spokane County Jail where he remains at the time of this writing.

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