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Newest arrest puts man in SPD’s top 10

A man considered one of Spokane’s most active criminals allegedly rammed a police vehicle during a pursuit late Monday, leading to his seventh arrest since December.

Police spotted Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 31, driving recklessly near Cincinnati Street and North Avenue about 10:40 p.m., but it took spike strips, a dozen officers and two tries of force over two miles to stop his car, according to court documents.

Solodyankin was arrested after a second officer rammed the back of the car at Pearl Street and Boone Avenue, forcing it into a spin, stopping the chase.

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Solodyankin was arrested in January in connection with two December smash-and-grab burglaries.

His alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Yan Yefremov, has a criminal history similar in length to Solodyankin’s. He was arrested in February in an alleged drug and stolen property crime spree.

Yefremov’s newest charge is a federal one - he was indicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court on one count of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition for a Glock pistol he allegedly possessed on Dec. 9.

3 arrested in Pullman-Spokane crime spree

A drug and stolen property crime spree was uncovered early Tuesday when a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy stopped to check on a stranded SUV.

Investigators think 24-year-old Yan Yefremov - who had been out of jail on bail in another case - and James W. Peterschick, 28, were exchanging stolen property for drugs at the Spokane home of 47-year-old Misty A. Maus, at 814 E. Nebraska.

The men were arrested after deputies found a green Ford Explorer with its hazard lights flashing on Highway 195 near Plaza.

A note on the SUV’s steering wheel addressed to “Danny” said “Heather” had gone for gas.

A woman approaching the car carrying a gas can denied being Heather and gave false names, but deputies determined she was 27-year-old Heather I. Halseth, wanted on a felony warrant.

Deputies think Halseth accompanied Yefremov and Peterschick to the Washington Sate University campus earlier that day, where they stole the Ford Explorer and 1982 Honda and ransacked several vehicles of laptop computers and other valuables, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Halseth also said that within the last two weeks, Yefremov held a handgun to her head and threatened her life if she ever told police about his activities,” according to court documents.

Investigators arrested Yefremov and Peterschick after they drove up to Maus’ home in the stolen Honda, the Sheriff’s Office said.

More than 100 pieces of evidence were seized from Maus’ home, according to the Sheriff’s Office, including a stolen motorcycle, stolen license plates and stolen laptops, one of which had been stolen in the Pullman car prowlings early Tuesday.

Yefremov and Peterschick appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday and remain in jail.

Yefremov has a lengthy criminal record and was arrested in December, accused of smash-and-grab burglaries at Pawn One, 3705 N. Market St., and Pounders Jewelry, 3131 N. Division St.

He and Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 30, are accused of using stolen vehicles to try to break through the buildings.

Read more about that case here.

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