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SPOKANE, Wash. - A 47-year old Spokane County man was booked into jail early Wednesday on numerous criminal charges after he attempted to assault and then threatened to kill sheriff's deputies and a private hospital security guard.

Robert Allen Howley was charged with Third-Degree Assault on Law Enforcement, Intimidation of a Public Servant, Harassment – Threat to Kill and Harassment – Threat to Injure.

 Howley was taken into protective custody by Deputy Darrell Rohde about 7 p.m. after he made statements to another man regarding suicide.  Rohde had responded to the suspect's home in the 4200 block of North Locust after 911 received a "hang-up" call from that address.

 Rohde arrived and found damaged family photos and furniture at the home, and Howley in the back yard.  A check of the home revealed no victims, and the deputy seized the suspect after learning of the suicidal statements.

On the way to a downtown hospital for psychological evaluation, Howley began demanding he be taken to jail and also began making threats to kill Rohde and his family.  The threats were specific enough to cause the deputy alarm and concern for his family's welfare.

At the hospital, Howley attempted to head-butt Rohde as he and hospital security officer Sean Reagan attempted to move him inside.  A second security officer saw the attempted assault and also heard Howley threaten to injure Reagan by breaking his leg.

 Later, while being booked into jail on the initial Intimidation and Harassment charges, Howley made specific threats to shoot and kill Corrections Deputy Marilyn VanTassel.

 Those threats were made in the presence of Corrections Sergeant GiGi Parker, and led to the additional felony harassment charge.  None of the intended victims was injured during the incident.

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