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Snowy footprints lead to brothers’ arrests

Two brothers were arrested on suspicion of vehicle prowling today in north Spokane after police matched their shoes to snow footprints left near an abandoned stolen vehicle.

 Jesse J. Luna, 26,(left) and Gregory R. Luna, 21, (right) are believed to have eluded police in a stolen blue 1995 Subaru Legacy station wagon after officer spotted the car driving recklessly near West Francis Avenue and North Whitehouse Street at 4:27 a.m., according to the Spokane Police Department.

The Subaru, stolen from the South Hill, got away at high speeds and was found abandoned near East Houston Avenue and North Regal Street.

The brothers were contacted as suspicious people about 10 minutes later near East Francis and North Lacey Street. Officers matched their shoes to footprints in the snow leading away from the stolen Subaru.

A police news release praised the “thorough investigation and team work” that led to “the arrest of these two sibling criminals.”

Jesse Luna has multiple felony convictions, including several for assault and riot. Gregory Luna also has felony convictions for second-degree attempted assault and harassment. Both are due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon on new charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Gregory Luna, the alleged driver of the stolen Subaru, also faces a charge of eluding police.

Snowy footprints lead to fleeing suspect

A teenager already targeted by Crime Stoppers was arrested Wednesday night after a Spokane County sheriff's deputy followed his footprints through snowy north Spokane County woods. 

Anthony Deshon Fuerte, 18, was reported to have broken an acquaintance's car window and threatened to kill him while wielding a wooden club when Deputy Robert Brooke stopped him in an SUV at Highway 2 and Eloika Lake Road.

Fuerte jumped out of the SUV and ran into the woods as Brooke yelled at him that he was under arrest “and knew that he would head for his grandmother's address in Riverside,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan, Spokane County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Brooke and Deputy Gavin Pratt followed Fuerte's footprints through deep snow and arrested him just south of Elk-to-Highway Road.

Fuerte, nicknamed “Frosty the Felon” in the news release, was wanted on theft and malicious mischief charges from Juvenile Court when Crime Stoppers issued a reward for his capture on Tuesday “after North Spokane County patrol deputies complained about his ongoing criminal activities in their areas of responsibility,” Reagan wrote.

Fuerte is due in Superior Court today on new charges of harassment - threats to kill, third-degree malicious mischief and resisting arrest.

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