SPD Arrests Cell Phone Thief with 2-Foot Sword

Ofc, Teresa Fuller, 509.209.7188

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:02 a.m.

A patrol officer conducting Hot Spot patrols near downtown quickly apprehends a cell phone thief. The suspect, 24-year-old Jacob K. McGill was arrested with the stolen cell phone and a 2-foot-long sword.

On 04-22-2014, Ofc. Ron Van Tassel was conducting a Hot Spot emphasis patrol in the area of Sprague and Wall. He observed a male, later identified as 24-year-old Jacob K. McGill, run the red light on Wall at Sprague on his bicycle. Right behind McGill was the victim of a cell phone theft. The victim quickly told Ofc. Van Tassel he was trying to be nice and allowed McGill to use his cell phone, but then McGill took off with it. Ofc. Van Tassel was able to find McGill, who tried in vain to tell Ofc. Van Tassel it was simply a misunderstanding. McGill also had a large sword, over 2 feet long, bungee-corded to his bicycle.

Ofc. Van Tassel returned the cell phone to its rightful owner and booked McGill into jail for misdemeanor City Theft and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

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