At 8:43 a.m. today, the Post Falls Police Department received a call from a female clerk at the Flying J Truck Stop, 3636 W. Fifth Ave., reporting that a male demanded money from the register. He did not display a weapon. When she refused his demand, the suspect fled the scene on foot. The clerk described the male as about 5’6” or 5’7”, wearing a blue bandana over his face, black and green knitted cap, and several layers of clothing. Patrol officers and detectives searched the surrounding area. Soon after, a second female caller, unaware of the attempted robbery, reported a suspicious male near Pleasant View Road. Her description matched the clothing description of the suspect. More below.
While police searched, a third caller alerted to a male in the Raycap Incorporated parking lot at 806 South Clearwater Loop. This male also matched the description of the suspect, who the caller had last seen by the river taking off his shirt.
All units responded to the area and located the suspect in a pair of shorts sitting next to the Spokane River. The male was detained and transported to the Post Falls Police Department, where he confessed to the attempted robbery of Flying J.
Officers identified the suspect as 21-year-old John Daniel Owens (pictured below), a transient out of Pahrump, Nevada who has only been in the area for the past three weeks.