September 11, 2011 in City

Police K-9 captures suspect

By The Spokesman-Review

A car-jacking suspect led police on a chase early Sunday morning, but his attempt to escape on foot was foiled by Spokane Police Department K-9 Leo.

A man reported that he was parked outside the Holiday Gas Station at 9620 N. Divison just before 3:30 a.m. while a friend was inside. He was approached by somone who pulled a gun on him and told him to get out of his silver Toyota Camry, according to a Police Department press release. Police responded and spotted the car 25 minutes later driving north on Division right past the same gas station where the car was stolen.

There was a short chase until the car-jacking suspect jumped from the still moving car and ran, the press release said. Police officers, assisted by the Washington State Patrol, searched the area and found a handgun holster in an apartment complex courtyard just east of Ritter’s Nursery.

Leo and his handler, Officer Craig Hamilton, found the suspect inside the fenced nursery. Justin S. Brown, 29, was booked into jail on charges of first degree robbery, second degree burglary and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The gun believed to be used in the car-jacking was later recovered in the same area the holster was found.

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