Deer Park man arrested for kidnapping and attempted murder - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deer Park man arrested for kidnapping and attempted murder

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 36-year-old Deer Park man is under arrest charged with two counts of First Degree Kidnapping and one count of Attempted First Degree Murder stemming from an attack on his estranged wife and her male companion.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says that David E. Epley was arrested early Wednesday morning after abducting his wife and a man from the parking lot of Cinola Restaurant & Lounge in Mead. Epley reportedly waited inside his wife's Mazda 626 automobile and when she and her companion entered the vehicle Epley brandished a pistol.

A Sheriff's Office press release says that Epley ordered his wife to drive the vehicle around north Spokane until they reached the Highway 395 Wandermere Road bridge. That's when he reportedly ordered them to park the car and get out. While holding his wife and her companion at gunpoint Epley ordered the man to put his hands on the bridge railing then grabbed his legs and tried to throw him from the bridge.

At some point during the attack on the bridge Epley's wife ran from the scene and eventually flagged down a truck driver in the area. The trucker picked her up and contacted the Spokane County Sheriff's Office about the incident. Deputies made contact with her a short time later at Highway 395 and Hastings Road and that's when she explained the attack. Her companion who was reportedly attacked on the bridge was able to escape and made it to a nearby residence where he called for help. Sheriff's deputies later found his wallet near the bridge.

A short time later deputies located Epley at a convenience store on Highway 2 at Mt. Spokane-Park Drive after deputies believe he had switched vehicles returning his wife's car back to Cinola Restaurant & Louge where he had left his own vehicle.

According to the Sheriff's Office press release deputies have contacted Epley and his wife at least once before for a domestic violence complaint. In a previous incident each part reported that the other had displayed a pistol. The Sheriff's Office says the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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