SPOKANE, Wash. – A woman is in custody after Spokane Police said she assaulted a bar owner she was in a previous relationship with and then trashed the bar smashing alcohol bottles all over the place, causing nearly $6,000 in damages.
According to court documents, authorities were called to the Left Bank Bar on North Washington Street in reference to a domestic violence call on early Monday morning around 1:30 a.m.
When police got on scene they said they could see approximately 80 broken bottles of wine and alcohol spewed across the bar. The bottles had put holes in the wall and ripped holes in canvas artwork, documents said.
"I think the biggest thing was the damage to the artwork, it's wine you replace, tables you replace, artwork broken," owner of Left Bank Bar Issac Gordon said.
Artist Dennis Strasser had four pieces of artwork destroyed and two of them were sold.
"I didn't really respond to the destruction of the art until I had to take two pieces and put them in the dumpster so that was the point where I went gahhh and I put them in the dumpster," Strasser said.
Police contacted the victim who said he had been in a five-year relationship with the woman who did this. That woman was later identified as Danielle A. Owen, 36. He told police they had been separated for eight months, documents show.
The victim told police he had entered the business around 1:30 a.m. with his girlfriend and did not lock the door. He said Owen walked into the bar behind them and refused to leave. Documents show the bar owner told Owen she was not welcome there.
Court documents show that Owen followed the victim behind the bar and began punching him in the face. The victim then left the bar because Owen would not stop assaulting him. When he returned, court documents show, Owen was in his car behind the bar and was throwing things out of it.
The victim told police he called Owen’s mother and had her come get Owen.
At some point during the ordeal, Owen began throwing wine bottles all over the bar, court documents show.
"Naturally it's heartbreaking, it's hard to believe that somebody would do that kind of damage so it's surprising and heartbreaking," Gordon said.
Police located Owen at her residence and advised her she was under arrest. Documents show Owen initially refused to come out, prompting authorities to get a search warrant. Owen eventually was talked out of her home and placed under arrest without further incident.
Owen was booked into the Spokane County Jail and is facing charges of First Degree Burglary (Domestic Violence), First Degree Malicious Mischief (Domestic Violence,) and Fourth Degree Assault (Domestic Violence.)
She was released on Monday without bond.
The investigation is ongoing but the bar will open on Monday night and owners said they plan to have live music.
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