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Spokane man extends 26-felony rap sheet with 3rd arrest this year

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Shawn A. Barton, of Spokane, is seen in a 2007 mugshot. He was arrested on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, on three counts of attempting to deliver a controlled substance. It was his third arrest this year. (COURTESY SECRET WITNESS / Courtesy of Secret Witness)
Shawn A. Barton, of Spokane, is seen in a 2007 mugshot. He was arrested on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, on three counts of attempting to deliver a controlled substance. It was his third arrest this year. (COURTESY SECRET WITNESS / Courtesy of Secret Witness)

Spokane police have arrested a 46-year-old man for the third time this year, adding to a lengthy rap sheet that already includes 26 felony convictions.

Officers assigned to the Patrol Anti-Crime Team arrested Shawn A. Barton on Nov. 4 after stopping a vehicle in which he was a passenger, police said in a news release. While searching the vehicle, they found more than $1,200 in cash, drug paraphernalia and traces of drug residue, police said.

Barton was taken to a hospital after he appeared to lose consciousness, and there he was found in possession of heroin and methamphetamine, police said. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on three counts of attempting to deliver a controlled substance.

He remained in jail Thursday in lieu of multiple bonds totaling nearly $60,000.

Early this year, after an investigation involving Barton, PACT officers executed four search warrants on vehicles and residences, seized $5,500 and recovered two stolen high-end mountain bikes, which were returned to their owners, police said.

Officers also discovered heroin and meth, some of which was hidden in a stuffed animal in Barton’s room, police said. More drugs were found in his vehicle. He was charged with two counts of drug possession with intent to deliver.

Barton was charged with another count of drug possession in mid-March after patrol officers arrested him at a hotel in the 6800 block of North Division Street. He also had been wanted on two warrants for driving with a suspended license.

Barton’s criminal record also includes convictions for assault, malicious mischief, drug possession, possession of stolen property, attempting to elude police, vehicle thefts and residential burglary.

Five officers shot at Barton in 2007, striking him in the arm and hip. The SWAT team had been surveilling a home near the Pend Oreille County line when Barton returned and attempted to run down the officers with the 1994 Geo Prism he was driving, police said at the time.

Barton also has been implicated in wide-ranging car theft and chop-shop investigations.

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