Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested for Rape, Kidnapping, and Robbery
Safe Streets Task Force would like to talk to anyone who had personal interactions or knows about his activities over the last year.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Unit Detectives investigating a reported sexual assault identified and arrested the suspect, a convicted felon, and found him to be illegally possessing a loaded firearm. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail, where he remains with his bond set at $100,000.00.
On November 30, 2021, at approximately 8:40 pm., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an apartment complex in Spokane Valley to contact a sexual assault victim.
The adult female victim explained she met the suspect, known as “T”, online through skipthegames.com and set up a time to meet in Spokane Valley.
“T”, later identified through the investigation as 36-year-old Antonio D. Lightner, picked her up in a silver Acura MDX and drove to a deserted parking lot. Lightner told her to get into the back and to remove her clothes. When she questioned this, Lightner ordered her to do it and not make things difficult. Her arms were zip-tied behind her back, and Lightner placed a stun gun near her head and caused it to arc, explaining he would use the weapon if she resisted.
Lightner got nervous when another vehicle pulled into the parking lot and stopped the assault. He left the victim bound in the back seat and drove to the Boulder Beach area to continue abusing and sexually assaulting the victim.
After the assault, Lightner pulled the victim, still bound and naked, from the car and onto the ground before fleeing the area.
The victim said she was terrified and feared Lightner would kill her. She ran out into the roadway and flagged down a passing motorist.
Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) Detective Stan Kravtsov took over the investigation and identified Lightner as the suspect.
On February 23, 2022, SAU Detectives and members of the Warrant Service Group located Lightner leaving his residence and conducted a traffic stop. Lightner was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. As a convicted felon, Lightner is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Lightner’s residence, where a sizable amount of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine was seized. A field test showed a presumptive positive result for cocaine.
Following an interview, Lightner was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Rape 2nd Degree, Kidnapping 2nd Degree with Sexual Motivation, Indecent Liberties- Forcible, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree.
This remains an open and active investigation. Additional charges are expected.
Due to the violent and brazen nature of this attack, the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force would like to speak to anyone who may have met 36-year-old Antonio D. Lightner, dated him, or knows of his actions over the last year. If you have any information that could help investigators, you are asked to call the Safe Streets Task Force at 509-477-6907 or email tips to [email protected].