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1 man sought in 3 Valley sexual assaults

New evidence shows one man is responsible for three sexual assaults in Spokane Valley in December 2008 and September 2009, police announced Thursday.

The man is suspected of fondling women in unlocked homes in the North Pines Road and East Mansfield Avenue area on Dec. 10, 2008, and on Dec. 15, 2008, then attacking a woman in the 400 block of South Pines on Sept. 27, 2009.

In the last case, the woman was walking home from dinner and drinks with friends when the man crossed Pines Road and grabbed her hair about 2:30 a.m., police said.

The man threw the woman to the ground and tried to unbutton her pants; friends on the other end of her cell phone call heard the struggle. When the phone rang again, the assailant threatened to kill the woman and the caller if she answered it, police said.

Detectives recovered evidence at each scene that tied them to one man; Sgt. Dave Reagan declined to elaborate.

The assailant is described as a white man, 28 to 30 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10 and 150 to 170 pounds.

Police say the sketch is so accurate that a victim “was visibly shaken by the close resemblance.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

2 assaulted outside Spokane grocery store

Three men assaulted two other men in a grocery store parking lot Monday, and police are asking for help identifying the assailants.

Surveillance photos show thee men police considered persons of interest in the assault, which occurred about 5:15 p.m. near G & B Grocery, 2104 E. Francis Ave.

The victims exited their car and were approached by three men who “began trash talking” before one man punched one victim and two others assaulted the second victim, according to Spokane police.

The men fled eastbound on Francis. One of the victims was treated for his injuries at a hospital.

Witnesses describe the “persons of interest” as white or Hispanic, 16 to 25 years old with baggy clothes.

Anyone with information on the men in the photo is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Photos show woman robbing Spokane bank

Spokane police are still looking for a woman robbed a bank inside a Spokane grocery store on Wednesday. 

The woman left with an undisclosed cash after threatening a teller at Banner Bank in Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 1:25 p.m., police said.

The robber is described as a white, 45 to 50, 5-foot-5, heavy set and wearing red hair and dark sunglasses.

She fled out the north door of the store. Police converged on the area but haven’t located a suspect. 

The same bank was robbed in February.

Douglas E. Labish, already convicted of three bank robberies in 2002, is set to enter a plea for that robbery on July 8.

Anyone with information on today’s robbery is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Tips sought on would-be pizza shop robber

Police still are looking for an armed robber who fled a north Spokane pizza place empty handed Thursday after a clerk pulled out a gun of his own.

Officers found part of what appeared to be a pellet gun in the parking lot of Pizza Pipeline, 1724 W. Wellesley, and believe the robber dropped it while fleeing.

A police dog and officer searched for the robber’s trail but were unable to locate the man, who was last seen running northbound from the store; a police dog couldn’t track a scent.

The clerk, who has a concealed handgun permit, ordered had ordered the man to drop the gun when he tried robbing the place about 9:45 p.m.

The culprit was described as white, 5-foot-9, “younger” and very thin. He wore jeans, a dark zip-up sweater, light-colored gloves and a green mask and was last seen running northbound from the store.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

The Pizza Pipeline was robbed last summer.

Tips sought on 3 Spokane Valley burglaries

Police are looking for tips on recent burglaries at two Spokane Valley child care centers and a coffee stand.

Someone stole a Dell laptop computer from Kindercare, 422 N. Mullan Road, between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

About that same time, someone stole an HP Compaq laptop and two Dell laptops from Early Learning Center at 10304 E. Ninth Avenue.

Earlier, McVay Brothers, 11420 E. Montgomery, was burglarized between 5 p.m. June 11 and 6 a.m. June 14 when someone used a rock to smash out a window, the stole a 37-inch TV, a computer monitor and a Direct TV receiver box.

Police do not know if the burglaries are related.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Tips sought on Wal-Mart wallet snatchers

Police are looking for tips on two women caught on tape using a food stamp card from a wallet lost in the Wal-Mart parking lot earlier this month.

The victim dropped the wallet about 2 a.m. June 6 in the lot at 9212 North Colton Ave., then reported it to Wal-Mart employees.

The next day, the victim’s food stamp card was used at the nearby Winco.

Surveillance video captured images of two women using the card at Winco, 9257 N. Nevada St.

Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Video shows Spokane grocery store robbery

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Video released today shows a masked gunman robbing a north Spokane grocery store Tuesday night.

Police hope someone can provide tips about the robbery, which occurred about 10 p.m. at Empire Foods, 5434 N. Nevada St., and terrified the clerk, police said.

The gunman is shown throwing a bag to the woman then waving the weapon in her face as she and another woman give him cash from the register.

The gunman fled on foot; a witness who thought the man stole beer chased him for several blocks, losing sight in the 1200 block of East Rowan Avenue, police said. A K-9 tracked the robber’s scent into the street, where police believe he may have hopped in a getaway car.

The robber is described as a white man, 6-feet tall with a thin build and wearing a black coat, black hooded sweatshirt, black mask and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Pics show vehicle in McDonald’s carjacking

Police today released surveillance photos of a car believed to belong to two men who stole a car at gunpoint in a fast food drive-through early Monday.

The photos show a white, four-door sedan at McDonald’s, 909 W. Indiana Ave., about 3 a.m., just before two men carjacked a Mitsubishi Lancer in a dispute over loud music.

The men were in the white car when the Lancer pulled up and a confrontation ensued over the Lancer’s stereo volume.

Police found the Lancer - sans the stereo - about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday n a vacant lot in the area of 1800 West Boone.

Anyone with information on the white call or the men, described as white, bald and large, should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Tips sought on downtown bar assailants

Spokane police are looking for tips identifying two assailants who attacked a man early Saturday outside the Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard Ave.

The assault occurred between midnight and 1 a.m. and sent the victim to a hospital with head trauma.

One man was described as white, bald, 6-feet tall and 200 pounds with a black t-shirt and possibly in his early 30s. The second man was described as black, in his 30s, 6-foot-1 with a medium build.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Driver on the run after car hits house

Police are looking for the driver of a car that slammed into a Volvo in north Spokane on Sunday, sending the Volvo careening into a house.

No serious injures were reported. The Volvo and its four young occupants remained at the scene after striking the house at 2102 W. Mallon Ave., but the driver that hit them is at large.

Police have no description of the driver; they say his or her car is a late model, white four-door sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Read more a story on the crash here.

Big man, little man suspected in burglaries

A small body frame may be helping fuel a string of burglaries in north Spokane.

Detectives believe a smaller man has been breaking through windows to allow his larger accomplice inside, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said today.

A woman arrived home in the 6500 block of North Wall Monday to find the men leaving the apartment with stuffed duffel bags.

Investigators believe they may be connected to other burglaries in the same area.

The suspects are described as black, one big and small. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Door-to-door sales prompt police reports

Door-to-door sales representatives from an Idaho company are prompting a flurry of calls to Crime Check from concerned Spokane Valley residents.

Salesmen with Rocky Mountain Insulation in Pocatello are selling insulation they say “may” qualify homeowners for an Avista Utilities or federal tax rebate, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

The men ask homeowners if they can come inside to check the home’s insulation and sometimes imply they are with Avista, police said. Avista officials say the men are not associated with the company.

A phone number listed for Rocky Mountain Insulation has been disconnected. Police urge residents to use caution when dealing with strangers at the door.

“Asking for company identification is a good start,” Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release. “Prior to allowing any sales person inside your home, conceal purses, wallets, checkbooks and other easy-to-steal items of value. Escort the person through your home and watch for suspicious activity.”

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of a crime is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Valley man robbed, beaten in home

A Spokane Valley man was awakened this morning by home-invasion robbers who hit him over the head and broke his finger before stealing prescription medications and other valuables.

The robbers - one who was armed with a knife - remain at large, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The men are described as white, 5-foot-11, thin and were wearing gray-hooded sweatshirts and gloves. The man with the knife was said to be in his 20s, the other was described as 35 to 40.

The men forced their way into a home at 8600 E. Broadway about 7:50 a.m. and confronted the sleeping homeowner, who is in his 60s, with the knife, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

They fled with the medications, a handgun and gold coins after assaulting the man, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Dementia patient missing from care center

UPDATE: Harris was located in Pend Oreille County.

Spokane Valley police are asking for help locating a dementia patient missing from Sunshine House at 10412 E. Ninth since 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Robert D. Harris may have suffered a stroke some time in the past. He left the care center, located at 10412 East Ninth Ave., on foot about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday and has not been seen since, according to a news release.

Police described Harris as a “dumpster diver” who frequents the area of Sprague and University.

“His picture has been circulated through the business community there and everyone knows him, but no one has seen him today,” according to the news release. “Harris has disappeared for several weeks in the past, and eventually showed up emaciated and dehydrated. It may be that he simply forgets how to get back to Sunshine House.”

Harris possibly was wearing green sweatpants, but otherwise should be dressed as he is depicted in the photo.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Shooter who nearly hit toddler still at large

Police are still looking for a man who fired a shot through a Spokane Valley apartment wall last weekend, striking a post of the bed where a 3-year-old girl was sleeping.

A man called police at 10:25 p.m. Saturday and said someone was shooting at his apartment, 15917 E. Sprague Ave., from the parking lot below. A woman found the bullet when she pulled back her daughter’s blankets to check on her after the shooting and the bullet fell to the floor, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Officers found a group of people standing on an upper landing and two bullet casings on the ground in front of them. The caller said he and a friend had been playing cards in another part of the complex and were walking home when they were confronted by two men demanding to know why he had called police about noise.

One of the men, identified only as “Joe,” pulled what appeared to be a gun out of the waistband of his pants, according to police. The caller said he retreated inside, then heard the man slide the action of what sounded like a semi-automatic pistol before shots were fired into his wall.

One of the bullets passed through the exterior wall about 3 feet off the floor, striking a metal bed post and landing on the blankets covering the toddler, police said.

Joe is described as a white and in his late 20s, 6 feet tall and thin. He possibly was left handed and wore a white baseball cap with a dark logo. He had a spider’s web tattoo on his neck.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Do you recognize this bank robber?

A man robbed a bank inside an east Spokane grocery store today.

The robber pictured above entered the Banner Bank at Safeway, 933 E. Mission, about 5:26 p.m. and left with cash.

He’s described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and wore a dark, puffy Carhart jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Hit-and-run seriously injures pedestrian

A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Spokane pedestrian today on the lower South Hill.

Police are looking for any information on the incident, which occurred at 12:22 p.m. at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The suspect vehicle is described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233, or call Cpl. Dave Adams at (509) 835-4567.

Rapist sought for failure to comply

A man who raped an elderly woman at knife point in 1995 hasn’t been checking in with authorities, and detectives are looking for tips on his location.

 Justin J. Stevens, 33, a level 3 sex offender, was released from prison in 2004 after serving 114 months in prison for first-degree rape. His victim was a 78-year-old woman.

Stevens’ last know address was in the 6000 block of North Rambo Road, and he may be driving a silver 1988 Ford Thunderbird, Washington license plate 331UUJ.

He has tattoos on his left and right arms, chest and left shoulder.

Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office have made several attempts to find him, leading the state Department of Corrections to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Stevens already is on probation for failing to register as sex offender. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 48 served after pleading guilty in August 2008, according to news archives.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

UPDATE: Stevens was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Arson suspect caught on tape

Fire investigators think the man pictured is responsible for an arson fire behind a Spokane Valley convenience store last month.

The fire was reported just after 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 behind the Hico Village at 1201 North Barker Road.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department determined the fire was intentionally set and are looking for tips identifying the culprit, the department announced Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 928-1700, or call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Man wanted for passing fake money

A man passed counterfeit $100 bills at two store last week, and detectives are looking for help identifying him.

The man used one bill to buy lottery scratch-it tickets at the GTX Truck Stop, 18723 E. Cataldo, on Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m.

The next day, the man used another $100 bill to buy $50 of scratch-it tickets. The man has been described as in his 40s or 50s, balding and with a beard.

One witness said he appeared about 5-foot-4 and 165 pounds. Surveillance video at one of the businesses captured the above photo of the man.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Thief at cheerleading event sought

Police say this photo of a Dec. 19 East Valley High cheerleading event is a key clue in a purse snatching that occurred there.

The woman holding a pink jacket and standing behind the cheerleaders is accused of stealing a purse of a 17-year-old cheerleader who was helping the younger girls, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

The purse had the girl’s military ID, teal iPod and a small amount of cash.

Her companion is seated next to her, police said, wearing what appears to be a red and white letterman’s jacket and black and white baseball cap.

The photo has been circulated to all of the school district’s elementary school staff, but no one has recognized the woman, according to a news release.

Anyone with information about either person is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Wal-Mart wallet snatcher sought

Police are searching for a woman caught on video surveillance stealing another woman’s wallet at a northwest Spokane Wal-Mart store.

The victim was being helped at the customer service desk at Wal-Mart, 2301 W. Wellesley, about 10 p.m. Nov. 18, when the thief took the wallet out of the woman’s purse.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Locker room thieves caught on camera

Here’s a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan:

“A pair of thieves struck West Valley and East Valley High schools last week, and school resource deputies hope someone can identify the crooks.

On Oct. 2, the two females entered the girls’ locker room at East Valley High School and entered two lockers belonging to volleyball players who were at after-school practice.

The thieves took a truck key and bottle of perfume from one locker and from the second a brown wallet containing cash, a debit card, school ID card and Washington Learner’s Permit. A pink Voyager cellular phone also was taken.

The suspects apparently went to the parking lot and used the stolen key to open the first victim’s truck. They stole a pink iPod and Cannon digital camera from the vehicle.

Less than an hour later, the two suspects went to West Valley High School and entered the girls’ locker room while those volleyball players were at practice.

This time they were captured on school security video.

The suspects stole a black and pink T-Mobile “Behold” phone, a gray and green T-Mobile “Gravity” phone, a pink LG “Venus” phone and a blue AT&T “Slider” phone from four different victims.

Total loss was about $900. Neither suspect appears to be a student at either school.

When they left West Valley High, outside security video captured them getting into a white van.

Anyone with information about the two thieves is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.”

Purse snatch caught on tape

Police are asking for helping finding a woman who robbed an elderly woman in a grocery store restroom.

The 76-year-old woman had just withdrawn $1,000 in cash from a bank when she went to the Fred Meyer bathroom, 15609 E. Sprague Ave., after shopping on Sept. 17.

Her purse was inside a Fred Meyer reusable shopping bag when a blond woman came up behind her and ran off with the bag.

“The victim was uninjured during the theft but is out the $1,000 and is now fearful that her identity might be stolen,” according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Video from KHQ.

Man caught on camera with stolen check

Police say the man pictured above tried cashing a stolen check on July 16 using a identification from a wallet stolen five days earlier. Employees at Washington Trust Bank, 407 N. Sullivan Road, didn’t cash the check but found the man’s image in their security system. Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Do you know where your kids are?



A woman found her apartment ransacked after a weekend trip earlier this month, and police are looking for two people they say are responsible.

Nathan E. Sumner, 21, and Andrea B. Geier, 22, each face one count of first-degree possession of stolen property after police found items stolen from the apartment, located in the 1800 block of North Hutchinson, in a neighboring apartment, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

A search warrant executed July 17 said they live next door to the victim, but Sgt. Dave Reagan wrote in a news release that they’ve abandoned their apartment at 711 S. Elm.

Either way, police are asking for the public’s help finding the two. If you know where either is, call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.