March 14-16 weekend recap

Monique Cotton, Public Information & Communication Director, 509.363.8285


Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.


In addition to regular patrol and response to other calls, Spokane Police responded to the following incidents over the weekend. Overall crime in the city of Spokane is down 13.65%.

  • SPD Responds to Report of Attempted Robbery at Jitterz Java
    On Sunday, 3/16/14, just before 7 p.m., Spokane Police officers responded to a report of a Robbery at the Jitterz Java, at 2100 W. Northwest Blvd. An employee reported a man aggressively tried to open a window at the coffee stand and appeared to have a gun. The employee kept the window locked and hid until police quickly arrived. The suspect fled. He is described as a white male in his 30s, approximately 5’ 10”, with a medium build, dark hair, and a goatee. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.
  • SPD Responds to Robbery at N. Spokane Subway
    On Sunday, 3-16-14, just before 8 p.m., Spokane Police responded to a report of a Robbery at the Subway in the 1700 block of N. Hamilton. Employees said the suspect entered to location, indicated he wanted to order food, displayed a black handgun, and demanded cash. The suspect fled the location with an undisclosed amount of cash. SPD officers quickly responded to the scene and initiated a K-9 track, however the suspect was not located. He is described as a white male in his 20s, approximately 5’ 7”, with a thin build. He was wearing a bandanna covering his face. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.
  • SPD Responds to Explosion; Transports Injured Individual; EDU Clears the Scene
    On Sunday, 3-16-14, just after 9 p.m., Spokane Police officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of W. Gardner on a report of a loud explosion and smoke coming from the location. When officers arrived, they saw several people coming out of the residence. One of the individuals has a substantial injury to his leg. He reported that he had “found” a mortar-style firework and it had exploded while he was holding it in his lap. He was transported to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) responded to the location and with the owner’s consent, searched the location to ensure there was no additional explosive danger. The scene was cleared.
  • SPD Quickly Responds to Report of Robbery; Locates and Arrests Suspect
    On Sunday, 3-16-14, just after 10:30 p.m., Spokane Police responded to a report of a Robbery at the Port of Subs, located in the 500 block of W. Sprague Ave. The caller indicated that a man had entered the location, took a beer, and attempted to leave the location without paying. When he was confronted by employees, he threatened employees with a knife. Officers quickly responded to the scene and located an individual matching the suspect description nearby. The individual, later identified as 46-year-old Rodney Scott Knutson, was positively identified by witnesses as the robbery suspect. Knutson was arrested for 1st Degree Robbery. He will appear in court today at 1:30 p.m.
  • SPD Arrests Suspected Vehicle Prowler in Possession of Meth
    On Monday, 3-17-14, just after midnight, Spokane Police officers located a male acting suspiciously, hiding and dodging in between cars near Hatch and Pacific. Officers contacted the male, identified as 25-year-old Alex Hafer, and determined he was wanted on a Felony DOC Warrant. He was arrested on the warrant. As he was being taken into custody, officers located jewelry, scrap wire, spark plugs, and several baggies of meth. In addition to the Felony Warrant, Hafer was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance – Meth. He will appear in court today at 1:30 p.m.


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