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Court Docs: Centennial Trail assault suspect gives explanation for attacks

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Jonathan S. Beggs in 2011 (PHOTO: DOC) Jonathan S. Beggs in 2011 (PHOTO: DOC)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The man arrested for allegedly assaulting multiple people on the Centennial Trail Sunday did not make his first appearance in court on Monday. 

Jonathan S. Beggs skipped his first appearance due to illness. Beggs was arrested Sunday after multiple women reported he attacked them on the trail. One victim said she was walking on the trail Sunday morning when Beggs approached her yelling about pornography, called her an obscenity, and then swung a rock tied to a rope at her, hitting her three times. 

A few minutes later, another woman who was running on the Centennial Trail said Beggs came at her with the same weapon and hit her. 

Another witness told police he saw a man swinging the rock at a group of three college aged women running on the trail, hitting one of them in the rib cage. 

Spokane Police make arrest in Centennial Trail assaults

According to court documents, officers found Beggs a short time later at the YMCA yelling at everyone and threatening people. One officer stated he heard Beggs threaten to kill an 8-year-old boy for "bumping into his knee" while they were playing basketball. The same officer said he heard Beggs say he wanted to "bury" all of the people who were walking by, "judging" them by their looks. 

After being detained and while in an ambulance, court documents state Beggs told police he was masturbating in the bushes by the river earlier in the day and three women recorded it with their cell phones. Beggs said he was concerned they were making pornography and were going to send it to their friends, so he used him homemade rock weapon to "take care of the issues." Beggs said he hit two woman with the rock. 

Beggs was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for 2nd Degree Assault.

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