Cpl. Teresa Fuller
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:37 p.m.
Spokane Police have recovered a stolen vehicle from a hotel on south Rustle after responding to a call from bondsmen there to arrest a female on a misdemeanor warrant. A male wanted for a felony Department of Corrections warrant was also arrested at the scene. Detectives are looking at pursuing additional charges for possession of stolen property based on items found after hotel staff started to clean out the room they were in.
Spokane Police responded to the report of a possible assault at the Econo-Lodge in the 1500 block of south Rustle this morning, September 14, 2016, just after 2:00am. Once on scene, officers determined it was bail bonds agents attempting to pick up a female on a warrant out of Idaho. Officers attempted to get the female to come out of the hotel room but got no response. The bail bonds agents did not have a date of birth for the female and officers were unable to verify there was even anyone in the hotel room at the time. Due to the nature of the warrant and the lack of information, SPD officers advised the bail bonds agents they would be unable to further assist and left the scene.
At about 4:45am, officers were called back to the scene. The agents had forced entry into the hotel room, breaking a window and inserting a chemical agent into the hotel room in an attempt to force the female out. Once inside, they took the female into custody and found a male inside who had a felony DOC warrant. They also advised they had found stolen property while in the room and there was a stolen vehicle associated with the two suspects at the hotel.
Officers towed the stolen vehicle and will be executing a search warrant on it as part of their investigation. Detectives recovered two guns from the hotel room. Justin R. Jordan (34) was taken into custody on his felony warrant. He was treated at an area hospital for injuries sustained prior to SPD’s arrival before he was booked into Spokane County Jail. The bail bonds agents retained custody of the female. Detectives are working with authorities in Coeur d’ Alene on this investigation as some of the stolen property is believed to have come from crimes committed in that area.
Bail bonds agents operate under different authority and policies than law enforcement, but often look very similar to law enforcement when responding to pick up one of their clients. If there is ever any question as to whether a person is law enforcement and what authority they have, business owners, employees and citizens can ask to see the officer’s identification. Police identification cards will identify them with a picture as law enforcement officers, the agency they work for by name, and typically include an authorization from the chief of police or highest ranking official for their agency.
Officer John O'Brien