On the evening of March 21, 2018 Klickitat County Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Beasley responded to a call of an assault and theft that occurred north of Goldendale. It was reported that two subjects identified as 20-year-old Beulah Spino-Walker and 24-year-old Cory Thomas had assaulted two women known to them and stole their vehicle. Spino-Walker threatened to stab the driver after brandishing a knife. The two victim women escaped into the woods and walked to a nearby house to report the incident. The vehicle was located the following morning on Klickitat-Appleton Road north of Klickitat.
In the early morning hours of March 22, 2018 a female caller called to report that she had been stabbed. Through the investigation it was determined the female victim was out for a drive in the area of Klickitat-Appleton Road and Fisher Hill Road when she picked up Spino-Walker and Thomas.
The female victim stated that she offered to give the two a ride and Spino-Walker became upset with her when she told her she could not smoke methamphetamine in the vehicle. The victim took the two to Lyle and when Spino-Walker got out of the vehicle she started stabbing the victim in the head and neck area. At one point Spino-Walker drug the knife across the victims throat in an attempt to slit her throat. The victim was able to accelerate her vehicle away to prevent further injuries.
Around the same time the Sheriff’s Office received another call of a burglary that occurred at the Lyle Mercantile in Lyle. It was reported that a Native American female had broke out a large storefront window with a rock. The store owner saw the suspect as she was stealing beer and cigarettes from inside the store. The store owner attempted to hold the suspect at gunpoint but the suspect bowled him over. The store owner fired a couple warning shots at the suspect as she fled. The store owner saw a second Native American male in the parking lot as the first suspect exited the store. During that investigation it was determined that Spino-Walker was the suspect that was inside the store.
At around 8:00 AM on March 22, 2018 a citizen in Lyle spotted Spino-Walker walking around town. A short time later Washington State Patrol Sergeant Nate Hovinghoff spotted Spino-Walker and was able to make an arrest. A short time later while turning custody over to Klickitat County Sergeant Joe Riggers, Spino-Walker spit on Sergeant Hovinghoff.
Spino-Walker was transported to the Klickitat County Jail where she proceeded to spit on four more Corrections Officers. Spino-Walker was booked into the jail on charges of Robbery 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Permission 2nd Degree, Assault 1st Degree, Burglary 2nd Degree, Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree, Theft 3rd Degree, five counts of Assault 3rd Degree (assaults on law enforcement and corrections personnel) and Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine.
Thomas was later picked up and booked into the jail on similar charges.