Ronald Van Tassel
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.
Spokane Police are investigating a Robbery/Kidnapping that started in Spokane Valley and continued into Downtown Spokane. A victim stated he was held at knife point inside a vehicle, driven around and robbed.
On February 28th 2017, just before midnight, Spokane Police responded to the area of Sprague and Sherman for a reckless driving call. Ofc Mohondro spotted the vehicle driving west on Sprague at Division and stopped the car. Three occupants in the car were detained and later identified as 27 year old Michael L Summa, 26 year old Brianna R Arena and 24 year old Watasha L Hayes.
Officers contacted the victim in the incident. He indicated that he knew at least one person that was inside the vehicle and they were giving him a ride. As they were driving around Spokane Valley, the victim stated that one of the occupants held a knife to his throat and threatened his life. The victim stated that he was forced to disrobe and hand over all his property. A short time later the victim was released in Spokane City and then minutes later, the vehicle was pulled over by Spokane PD.
During the course of the investigation Officers were able to see into the vehicle. They located identification that belonged to the victim, along with some other potential property that was described by the victim. The vehicle was seized by Police and is waiting a search warrant.
Michael Summa was booked for 1st Robbery, 1st Kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance. Summa is active with the Department of corrections. He was arrested in 2009 for a Manslaughter charge and was just recently released.
Brianna Arena was booked for 1st Robbery and 1st Kidnapping, both are domestic violence charges due to a previous relationship with the victim.
Watasha Hayes was booked for 1st Robbery, 1st Kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance.
Officer John O'Brien