Officer Joshua Laiva #1231
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 5:25 p.m.
Spokane Police arrest a suspect responsible for breaking fiberglass sculptures meant to raise money from charity.
Spokane Police Officers were already actively investigating reports of two fiberglass hearts which had previously been intentionally damaged in the downtown area. The hearts were part of a Ronald McDonald House fundraiser. Today November 7, just after 12:30PM, numerous Spokane Police Officers and Downtown Neighborhood Resource Officers responded to the report of a male who broke one of the Ronald McDonald House hearts with a large stick in the 600 block of W Main Ave. Witnesses to the incident were able to provide photographs of the male suspect. Officers later located the male, who had changed his clothes, but was still carrying the stick. The suspect, later identified as 28 year old Vonnelliott K. Mitchell, did not cooperate with the responding Officers when contacted. Mitchell was arrested for Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Obstructing Officers, Resisting Arrest, and his outstanding warrants.
The investigation is still ongoing to determine who was responsible for the previous vandalism to the other hearts.
The Downtown Officers, and Patrol Officers, work tirelessly in the downtown area making community contacts, investigating crimes, and identifying the suspects responsible for committing crimes in the heart of our city. This is another great example of the citizens helping Spokane Police locate a suspect who had vandalized property meant to raise money for a good cause.
Officer John O'Brien