On September 6, 2012, just after 5pm, Spokane Police Department patrol
officers responded to a burglary near 900 E. 8th Ave. The female
victim said a man knocked on her front door, but no one was there when she
answered. She then saw the suspect walking out of her dining room, carrying her
camera. When she confronted the suspect, he hit her in the head. He knocked
her to the ground and struck her repeatedly. The suspect then picked up the
victim and threw her down a long flight of concrete stairs. The victim, who is
62 years old, sustained significant injuries and went to the hospital for
treatment. The victim required surgery for a broken arm. Officers taking the
initial report had very few leads to pursue.
Members of the Spokane Police Department Patrol Anti Crime Team (PACT) spent
a significant amount of time investigating this case for the past four weeks. On
Friday October 5, 2012 PACT officers arrested David J. Bassford (38 years of
age) for this incident. It appears Bassford was working alone. He was booked
into jail for 1st Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Burglary, and
2nd Degree Assault.
The Spokane Police Department aggressively pursued all possible leads in this
case. This resulted in the arrest of a very violent offender who could have
potentially victimized other members of our community. The police department
wants to alert the community that it is a very common practice for burglars to
knock on front doors of residences and after getting no response to force the
door open or to go around the back of the house to break in.