December 20, 2010 in City

Oops! Fleeing suspect darts in front of Spokane cop car

By The Spokesman-Review

Spokane Police accidently caught a man suspected of robbing the downtown Nordstrom Monday evening.

The alleged robber was struck by a passing patrol car as he darted across Main Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. while being chased by a Nordstrom security officer, said Major Crimes Sgt. Mark Griffiths.

Griffiths said the incident was a case of “bad luck” for Gavin D. Wolf, 24. Wolf suffered a leg injury and was taken to a local hospital.

“It was completely coincidental. (Nordstrom) hadn’t called us yet,” Griffiths said.

Wolf, who was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant, will be taken to jail after he’s released from the hospital and booked on a charge of second-degree robbery, Griffiths said.

The car was driven by Officer Joe Denton. Griffiths said that Denton and the Nordstrom security officer reported that Wolf was outside the crosswalk at Lincoln Street, which had a “Don’t Walk” sign at the time he was hit.

A bag of items at the scene that was allegedly carried by Wolf when he was hit was full of clothing and other items. Griffiths said Wolf did not brandish a weapon, but used force when confronted by the security guard.

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