Attempted Package Theft turns Into Arrest for Assault 2nd Degree

Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 1:36 p.m.

A South Hill resident watches a thief attempt to take a package from a neighbor’s porch. While trying to keep the subject at the scene, the thief pulled a knife and threatened the witness. Officers located Jeramy M. Allen (26) as he was leaving the area and arrested him.

On March 13, 2019, around 4:00 pm, a resident in the area of 2800 E. 18th Avenue observed what he thought was a suspicious person in the neighborhood. He watched the subject, Jeramy M. Allen, walk up to a neighbor’s porch and bend over like he was picking up one of the packages on the porch.

The witness tried to talk Allen into staying at the location while the police were summoned to investigate. Allen did not comply and a struggle ensued. A 911 call was made and the operator could hear the caller telling someone to drop the knife. Allen broke free from the witness and then opened the blade of the folding knife within a close distance to witness. The witness drew his concealed pistol to defend himself once again telling Allen to drop the knife.

Allen dropped a knife in the snowbank and walked away from the location but didn’t get too far before officers detained him. Allen wasn’t compliant with officers and displayed a behavior indicating he was planning on fleeing. Officers located an open folding knife sitting on the snow where the caller reported the confrontation and shoe prints in area matching the shoes Allen was wearing.

Allen was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 2nd Degree and Attempted Theft 3rd Degree.

There are many shipping options available to consumers to include using a package holding center or special delivery options which will help to deter package thefts. Another tried and true theft deterrent is knowing your neighbors and calling when something or someone is suspicious. Coordinate your neighborhood with participation in the Block Watch program:

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