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Vancouver man charged with attempted murder after beaten victim found in field

By , Columbian staff writer
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A Vancouver man was arrested Thursday after police say he tortured another man for days, with beatings and a pellet gun, at a house near Arnold Park.

Jordan Spisla, 27, appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder. His bail was set at $500,000, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 19.

Deputy Prosecutor Scott Ikata said Friday morning it is unclear whether the victim will survive his injuries.

Vancouver police responded at 4:38 p.m. to 2707 N.E. Arnold Road for reports of an assault.

Officers observed a man lying in a field whose face appeared to have been severely beaten and numerous pellet wounds to his chest and back of his head, according to a probable cause affidavit. Medics said the man had a pulse but was unresponsive.

The unidentified victim was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to remove pellets from his intestines. Medical personnel said they removed about 50 metal pellets from the victim and that the wounds appeared to be in various stages of healing, court records state.

The man who called 911, identified as Brian Cain, told police he was leaving the house he shares with others, including Spisla, at about 4 p.m. when he saw Spisla standing over a man who was kneeling in a field nearby. When Cain returned home, at about 4:30 p.m., he said he saw the victim lying in the field. Cain said Spisla came outside, approached him and said, “What, you going to rat on me now?” the affidavit states.

When Cain asked Spisla what he did, Cain said Spisla told him he’d been torturing the victim for days because the victim disrespected him; Spisla also said something about a broken TV, according to court records.

A search of Spisla’s residence yielded BBs that matched those found inside the victim, according to court records. Detectives also found “copious amounts of blood” in Spisla’s bedroom. They also found a small, half-height door behind Spisla’s bed, which led to a storage area; detectives said it appeared someone had been kept inside of it, the affidavit states.

Police said Spisla’s roommates told them he used methamphetamine and fentanyl. They also described Spisla as violent and said that his temper makes them afraid to knock on his door, according to court records.

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