Spokane Police Capture Sex Offender Wanted in Pierce County

Cpl. Teresa Fuller

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 4:33 p.m.

The Spokane Police Department, working on a tip from the public, captured a sex offender with felony warrants from Pierce County. Eric Q. French (38) was arrested at a home in the 2200 block of east Central. He was booked into Spokane County Jail on warrants for Unlawful Possessions of a Controlled Substance, Driving on a Suspended License, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and Escape from Community Custody. He’s facing new charges for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Obstructing and Providing False/Misleading Statements.

The Spokane Police Department responded to a tip that a wanted felon, French, was at a home in the 2200 block of east Central today, September 16, 2016, just before 1:30pm. A male matching French’s description exited the house and was initially cooperative. He provided a false name and had forged identification cards in that name. Officers were aware of his aliases and, after a brief struggle with French, took him into custody on his warrants. Once French was in custody, officers found substances believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine in his possession. Officers also looked into information about a gun an associate of French’s allegedly pawned for him shortly before he was arrested. They were able to determine there was probable cause to charge him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm on top of the other charges and recovered the firearm from the pawn shop.

Oftentimes police rely on public tips for information on crimes and wanted individuals. This is a terrific example of the public providing information to take a dangerous felon off the streets, which also led to drugs and a gun being kept out of the hands of other criminals.

French should be in court on Monday at 1:30pm on his new charges.

Contact Police

For in progress crimes and emergencies call 911

To report a non-emergent crime contact:

To provide crime activity or suspect information that doesn't require immediate action contact:

For general police email contact:

For nuisance reports, including code violations (i.e. illegal camping, substantial litter in yards or alleys, graffiti, land use violations), parking complaints, and road condition issues contact:

Media Relations Contact

Julie Humphreys