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Two arrested after SWAT standoff in Five Mile

UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

A Spokane Police Department SWAT Bearcat armored vehicle. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
A Spokane Police Department SWAT Bearcat armored vehicle. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

An hourslong SWAT negotiation Tuesday evening in the Five Mile Prairie neighborhood ended in the arrest of two convicted felons.

Adam K. Wilkening, 39, and Tegan M. Rushworth, 32, who both have multiple felony convictions, face two counts of second-degree possession of stolen property in connection with a monthslong investigation into stolen vehicles and trailers. Both were arrested after a lengthy standoff at a home in the 1600 block of West Tonie Rae Drive.

According to court records, Wilkening and Rushworth refused to exit the home after Spokane Valley Investigative Unit detectives and SWAT team members arrived with a search warrant at about 10 p.m. Multiple people were detained, but the two remained inside for several hours while deputies attempted to get them to surrender.

After deploying flash bangs, SWAT members entered the home and located the two, who had barricaded themselves inside, deputies said in a news release.

Parked in front of the residence was a red 2008 Eclipse Attitude Toy Hauler that had been reported stolen from a Spokane Valley business. Deputies also seized a second trailer at a home on the 1300 block of South Ray Street in East Central, which detectives believe is the home of Wilkening’s father.

Along with theft, Wilkening and Rushworth are accused, but have not been charged, with dealing in “large amounts of methamphetamine” and heroin, according to court records.

Deputy Mark Gregory, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday that detectives expect more arrests and charges to come for people involved in the SWAT raid Tuesday, including the two defendants.

Ernest T. Dasher, 31, was arrested at the West Tonie Rae Drive residence on an unrelated felony warrant for possession of drugs.

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