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Posted on: October 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Female Suspect Attempts to Pull “Karambit Style” Fighting Knife on Deputies

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Female Suspect Attempts to Pull “Karambit Style” Fighting Knife on Deputies   


A transient/homeless female, reportedly “high” and bothering residents of an apartment complex, attempted to pull a curved fighting style knife on Spokane Valley Deputies.  The Deputies quickly took control of the suspect and disarmed her even as she continued to resist.  During a search, after she was safely restrained in handcuffs, substances believed to be Heroin and Methamphetamine were located.    

On October 10, 2019, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to an apartment complex, located in the 100 block of S. Havana, for a reported person bothering call.  The caller stated the transient suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Angela M. Holman, was possibly “high” and bothering people.  He explained his bicycle was stolen the night before, and he believes the theft was related to homeless people staying in the area.    

Deputy Sullivan and Deputy Criswell arrived at the complex and located Homan in the grass on the eastside on the property.  Deputy Sullivan identified himself and began a conversation while Deputy Criswell observed. 

Although acting strangely, Holman was initially cooperative.  She said she lived “in the area” and admitted she did not live at the apartments or know anyone that did. 

When asked her name, suddenly, Holman’s demeanor immediately and drastically changed.  She said something similar to; you don’t want to ask me that while she stepped back with one foot, brought her hands up toward her chest, and mumbled something.  Sensing an impending attack, Deputy Sullivan dropped his flashlight and notepad as Deputy Criswell noticed a ring of what appeared to be a knife hidden under a portion of Holman’s jacket.  With all of this coinciding, and within fractions of a second, the Deputies knew they were in a life-threatening situation.   

Deputy Criswell ordered Holman to get her hand away from the knife as both Deputies took control of her wrists.  Deputy Sullivan also grabbed the knife and threw it to the ground a short distance behind them.

Holman continued to struggle and thrash as the Deputies attempted to maintain control of her hands, forcing them to bring her to the ground.  Holman thrashed and tried to reach back toward her waistband or under her jacket.  Not knowing if she was armed with any other weapons, Holman was held down, limiting her ability to fight.  The Deputies gained control of her arms and secured her in handcuffs. 

Despite additional Deputies arriving to help, Holman continued to resist throughout the incident and refused to identify herself.

During a search after her arrest, a sunglass case containing what appeared to be a white crystalline substance believed to be Methamphetamine, and a brown tar-like substance, believed to be Heroin, was located inside her jacket. The substances were later field-tested and showed a presumptive positive result for each.

Holman was provided medical attention at the scene for a small cut to her leg.  She was medically cleared before being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Resisting Arrest and a Washington State Department of Corrections Escape Community Custody felony warrant. 


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