Two suspects in custody after vehicle pursuit through Spokane.
On 06-07-18 just before 10PM, SPD officers located a stolen vehicle in the Hillyard neighborhood. The vehicle had been stolen in a carjacking at gunpoint in Spokane Valley on June 2nd. SPD Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however the driver failed to comply, and attempted to evade arrest by driving at high speeds. A vehicle pursuit was initiated, and the chase proceeded through downtown, up the south hill, and back North through the East Central neighborhood.
A Spokane County K-9 unit was in the area, and joined the pursuit. Near Freya and 5th Ave a PIT maneuver was successfully executed, safely bringing the pursuit to an end.
Two suspects, including the driver, 31-year-old Jeremy Shelton, were taken into custody. Shelton will be booked on charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The passenger, 28-year-old Ethan Stowe-Reasoner, was booked into jail for ID theft, possession of stolen property 2nd degree, and possession of methamphetamine. The aforementioned charges stem from an investigation conducted the previous day.
Pursuits are inherently dangerous for all involved, and SPD officers are constantly evaluating the most effective way to keep the community safe. In this case, due to the propensity for violence demonstrated by the suspects in the carjacking incident, apprehending the individuals was determined to be of utmost importance. The task of apprehending the suspects was made easier by very attentive drivers who observed the police activity and quickly got out of the way, contributing to the safety of all involved. No injuries were incurred during the incident, and minimal property damage was caused.
SCSO will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the initial robbery, and additional charges for both suspects could be forthcoming.
A concerned citizen alerts the police to suspicious circumstances.
The Spokane Police Department located the Budget rental van reported to have children in the cargo area that caused significant concern for their safety. The vehicle was stopped, the driver arrested and two juveniles safely located inside.
This morning around 08:30 a.m., a citizen called to report a Budget rental van appeared to have unclothed children in the back. The caller saw the vehicle with the roll up door partially open driving in the area of Market Street and Gordon Avenue. Spokane Police Department (SPD) officers responded to the area but were not able to locate the van.
The investigation moved forward with the help of SPD Dispatchers who contacted the Budget rental agency while patrol officers continued to search. It was discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen on June 4th, 2018.
An “all police” email was sent with the picture of the rental van captured by the citizen. Just before 11:30 a.m., an alert detective in the area of Francis Avenue and Market Street spotted the vehicle and followed it while patrol officers converged on the location.
The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as 44 year old Shonn M. Anderson.
Officers opened the back of the rental truck and found a juvenile male and juvenile female inside. Preliminary information indicates they were willingly in the cargo area of the vehicle, however, an extensive investigation must be completed before all details are known.
Officers had medics respond to the scene to check the juveniles due to riding in the back of the enclosed van for an unknown time. The male was released to a guardian and the female was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation. This incident has been referred to Child Protective Services.
The rental van was seized while a search warrant was sought.
Anderson was arrested for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.
SPD would like to thank the concerned citizen who saw something suspicious and reported it. They had the mindset to safely take a picture that not only captured the image of a person inside the vehicle but also included the license plate. It is team work like this between the police department and the community which leads to reducing crime and keeping our community safe.
The Spokane Police Department investigated an armed Robbery at the Mission and Hamilton Safeway on June 11th. A description of the suspect, along with video was provided to Officers. On June 13th an alert Officer located the suspect blocks away from the original crime and he was arrested.
On June 11th, 2018 Officers responded to the Safeway at the corner of Mission and Hamilton for a possible shoplift/Robbery call. Officers learned that a male had shoplifted from the store twice that same day and had gotten away both times. The male came back to the store for a third time later that same day to shoplift again. A female store employee confronted the male as he was attempting to steal merchandise again.
As the employee attempted to detain the male, he turned and hit her in the face. The male fled on foot and the employee followed him. The employee stated that she stopped following the male because he turned around and pointed a gun at her.
She was able to provide a description of the male, a directions of travel and a surveillance video of the incident. Officers were not able to locate the suspect the night of the incident.
On June 13th Ofc Ryan Smith was patrolling the general area of the Safeway. As he drove by Mission Park he observed a male in the park that matched the description of the suspect from two days prior. Ofc Smith attempted to make contact with the male in the park, the male got onto his bicycle and attempted to ride away. Ofc Smith located the male several blocks away and he was attempting to conceal himself behind a large bush.
The male was identified as 20 year old Gunnar Kratcha. Ofc Smith located a realistic looking BB gun concealed in Kratcha’s clothing. Detectives responded to the scene to interview Kratcha. He was booked into Spokane County Jail for 1st degree armed Robbery.