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After chasing a man with a baseball bat, Spokane Valley deputies seized his swords and throwing stars, sheriff’s office says

UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that deputies seized a rifle, ammunition, methamphetamine and a large collection of swords, knives and throwing stars from a Spokane Valley apartment belonging to 58-year-old Kevin R. Alexander, who was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly threatened a deputy with a baseball bat.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release that Alexander lived in a duplex in the 2300 block of North Wilbur Road, and on Monday his neighbors reported finding four holes in the wall that separates their two apartments. According to the sheriff’s office, the neighbors had heard loud noises coming from Alexander’s unit two days earlier, and at the time, they assumed he was moving furniture. After spotting the holes, however, they concluded he had been firing a gun.

While visiting the duplex, Deputy Derek McNall also discovered what appeared to be additional bullet holes in a second-floor window and broken glass on the ground below it, according to the sheriff’s office. Another neighbor told the deputy he had last seen Alexander around 8 a.m. Sunday.

That was shortly before deputies received a report of a man wielding a bat and wandering in and out of the roadway near Pines Road and Sprague Avenue. When Deputy Tim Jones arrived at the intersection, Alexander walked toward him and raised the bat with both hands, apparently getting ready to swing it while about 15 yards from the deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. The man was arrested after a foot chase that ended in the yard of a nearby residence.

While searching Alexander’s residence, deputies found a .22-caliber rifle, ammunition of various calibers and a collection of bladed weapons and baseball bats, as well as a glass pipe, a lighter and a bag of meth, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies determined Alexander should not have guns because of a felony conviction in Douglas County, Oregon.

Alexander is being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $200,000 bond. In addition to a charge of attempted third-degree assault in the baseball bat incident, he now faces charges of drug possession, unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a firearm.

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