Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 9:13 p.m.
A Spokane man who violated a Domestic Violence order of protection twice in two days was released a second time, again on his own recognizance, even after he re-offended the day after the first arrest and release.
On April 13th a Spokane Police Officer served Gary Kendall (35) with a Domestic Violence no contact order that had been signed on February 21st of this year. (SPD# 2020-20061697) The service ordered him to stay away from his former girlfriend and the child they have in common, as well as their home. In addition to the order served on the 13th, Kendall was placed on a Stipulated Order of Continuance lasting for two years, back in December of 2019, related to domestic violence issues. As a part of that order he entered into an agreement to not have any criminal law violations.
A few hours after being served with the order on the 13th, Kendall returned to the home, in violation of the order and was arrested by police. During the investigation SPD Officers were able to recover messages left by Kendall where he threatened to harm himself or force police to shoot him. SPD# 2020-20061827
After this arrest the Prosecutor asked for a bond of $2500 on each count of the order violation. It was relayed to the court that the defendant has prior charges related to domestic violence. Kendall was released on his own recognizance without posting bail.
On April 14th, Kendall returned to the address and again violated the order. SPD responded and arrested him again. On April 15th, the prosecutor again asked for a bond and for the second time in two days Kendall was released on his own recognizance. SPD# 2020-20062278
The Spokane Police Department takes all allegations of domestic violence seriously. Spokane County has the highest rates of domestic violence in the State. SPD is one of the few agencies that assigns officers to pro-actively follow up on domestic violence and orders of protection violations to ensure the safety of victims. Victims are encouraged to contact YWCA to obtain services, including alternative housing, childcare and counseling. Services also exist for those accused of domestic violence, including anger management, counseling and treatment.
Officer John O'Brien