December 21, 1995 in Washington Voices

Sheriff’s Sergeant Wrestles Suspect Into Submission

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Gerald Fojtik got a chance to exercise his wrestling moves this weekend when a man got violent as Fojtik attempted to arrest him for trying to pass a forged prescription.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, Daniel Nathan Endholm, a 32-year-old North Spokane man, tried to get a prescription drug from the pharmicist at the Payless drug store at Wandermere Mall, police said.

The pharmacist became suspicious, called police and went through the motions of filling a prescription to keep Enholm waiting.

Enholm tried to leave when Fojtik showed up and blocked the door.

Police said Enholm reached into his hand into his pocket for a can of mace. Fojtik, unsure at the time what was in Enholm’s pocket, tackled him and began to grapple with Enholm on the store’s tile floor.

Two store employees and a customer joined the fray, helping Fojtik get control of Enholm.

Enholm was booked on a felony charge for trying to get the prescription and felony third-degree assault.

Fojtik was scratched several places and hurt his back in the scuffle. He was not treated for injuries.

Twin brothers arrested

Towering twin brothers were arrested Saturday on charges of nabbing a 60-year-old woman’s purse in Hillyard.

The woman, who speaks only Russian, was pushing a shopping cart in the parking lot at the Bargain Giant at 2103 E. Empire when a 6-foot-6, 200-pound man ripped her purse from her and escaped in a waiting station wagon.

The woman and a store employee gave police a description of the man and the car. Police found it parked a short time later and a man matching the robber’s description inside.

The man, identified as 31-year-old Robert Sliger, said his twin brother, Charles, had grabbed the woman’s purse.

The twins were booked on second-degree robbery charges. The woman’s purse was returned.

15-year-old arrested

A 15-year-old boy was arrested for felony assault early Sunday morning on charges that he sucker-punched a man during an incident at the North Division Taco Time.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, a sheriff’s deputy was breaking up an angry crowd of juveniles when he saw the 15-year-old hit a man when the man wasn’t looking.

The victim, a 20-year-old man apparently unassociated with the juveniles, cracked his head on concrete when he fell. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment of a skull fracture and inner ear damage.

The boy, according to police reports, knew the officer saw him. After the boy hit the victim, he walked over to the officer, put his hands behind his back and said, “I guess I’m going to jail,” according to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. David Wiyrick.

, DataTimes


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