Sgt. Teresa Fuller
Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 9:44 p.m.
Spokane Police Officers responded to a victim’s pleas for help today after she texted an acquaintance because she felt she couldn’t safely call 911. The victim advised her ex-boyfriend, later identified as Keman Rhone (25), had a gun, they were driving in a car, and Rhone told her as soon as they stopped, he was going to kill the victim and her mother, who was driving the vehicle. The victim’s young toddler was also in the vehicle. Patrol officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle, thanks to help from the acquaintance who was tracking their movements, and intervene, removing all three victims from harm’s way uninjured. Rhone was taken into custody without incident and a 9mm handgun was later recovered from a backpack Rhone had with him in the vehicle.
Today, June 21, 2020, just after 3:30pm, Spokane Police received a call from a person who said they were receiving texts from a domestic violence victim. She was telling him she was in a vehicle with her mother, young child, and ex-boyfriend (Rhone). She said she did not think she could safely call 911, so instead she texted them in hopes they could call 911 for her and direct police to where they were. The victim further advised Rhone had stated, as soon as they stopped, he was going to kill her and her mother with a gun he showed her. The caller was able to track the victim’s movements and report her location to police. Due to the caller’s quick actions, patrol officers were able to locate the vehicle they were in within 7 minutes.
Officers stopped the vehicle just south of Sharp on Division. All three victims were physically uninjured. Rhone was safely taken into custody without incident and initially booked into Spokane County Jail for three counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping. Officers later executed a search warrant on a backpack Rhone was carrying in the vehicle and located a loaded 9mm handgun (see attached picture). Charges of Felony Harassment (Threats to Kill) and 1st Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm will likely be added before Rhone sees a judge at 1:30pm tomorrow. Rhone is prohibited from possessing firearms because of a previous 2nd Degree Assault conviction.
For anyone needing help in an abusive domestic violence situation, in addition to involving the Police, Victims may seek additional help and resources through the YWCA Domestic Violence Advocates at (509)477-3656 or their 24 hour Crisis Line at (509)326-2255.or for non-Intimate Partner Violence from you may obtain help from Lutheran Community Services at (509) 747-8224. We are working together to end the violence.
Officer John O'Brien