Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:58 a.m.
On the morning of August 15th, a man later identified as Jessie L. Clemens, committed several crimes in downtown Spokane, between the hours of 5:30 and 6:40 a.m.
First at the Liberty Building located at 203 N. Washington, Clemens can be seen on video pulling off the lid and dumping a large barrel of grease onto the pavement spilling all the contents down the alley and into the parking lot. The cleanup cost is currently at $6202.48. Next at the Sherwood Building located at 510 N. Riverside, Clemens can be seen on video inside the building stealing newspapers, kicking a picture frame breaking the glass and pulling a large screen TV / Monitor off the wall. The TV dropped down a flight of stairs causing damage to the wall and glass railing. Damages are still being assessed, but are currently over $8000. Clemens can then be seen on video upstairs at the Chase Bank Building located at 601 W. Main. He tips over a garbage can and rolls it across the skywalk. Then he pulls a fire extinguisher off the wall and discharges it on the walls and glass window fronts of several businesses. The total cost to clean this area was $767.95. Clemens then can be seen walking across another skywalk to the River Park Square mall. He can be seen on video picking up a bench and throwing it against the large picture windows of Francesca's. One of the windows doesn't break it only bowed. Clemens walks up to the window and pulls one side open so he can reach inside to steal a blue BB Cap and a necklace; total cost of the theft is $40. Francesca's was closed at the time so Clemens entered and remained unlawfully inside when he committed the theft.
Clemens shows to have criminal history in Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Washington State. His last conviction was on 05/02/19 for a Robbery that occurred in King County Washington. He has no local address and states that he lives “here and there”.
The Downtown precinct detective and a downtown precinct officer identified the suspect by viewing photos of recently booked and released inmates from the Spokane county jail, to compare then with surveillance photos.
Clemens was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, 2 counts of 1st Degree Malicious Mischief and 1count of 2nd Degree Malicious Mischief. Clemens was already in jail on an unrelated charge for robbery which he had committed the day after the property crimes spree.