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In brief: Domestic violence suspect sought

A domestic violence suspect who authorities believe fled a Spokane home before police could finish establishing a perimeter is being sought.

Pedro Garcia, 35, is believed to have been inside a home at 2900 E. Diamond when officers were dispatched shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday to check on the safety of a woman there, according to the Spokane Police Department. Officers reportedly were given indications that Garcia was inside the home and might be suicidal.

Medics, hostage negotiators and SWAT members were dispatched to the scene, where a four-hour standoff ensued as police attempted to make contact with Garcia, the department said. When officers eventually entered the home, the suspect wasn’t there and police said they believe he had escaped before officers could fully contain the perimeter.

Police are asking for help locating Garcia, who is wanted on charges of domestic violence, violating a protection order, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and harassment. Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 456-2233.

Fort Lewis soldier dies in Iraq

The Department of Defense reports that a Stryker soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has died in a non-combat incident in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Worrell, 35, of Virginia Beach, Va., died on April 22 in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 702nd Combat Support Battalion, 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

According to military records, Worrell has been based at Fort Lewis since 1998.

Teens accused of igniting boy’s shirt

LONGVIEW, Wash. – Police have booked two teens into juvenile detention after they sprayed lighter fluid on another teen and set his shirt on fire.

The teens were booked on Friday night for investigation of second-degree assault, the Daily News reported. The victim rolled on the ground to put out the flames. The boy, 14, was not injured except for singed hair.


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