Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:36 p.m.
Twin sisters arrested for a combined 18 counts of cyberstalking for sending death threats and images of dead/mutilated animals online.
On June 18th, 2020 Crime Check received a call from a citizen claiming she was being sent threats and inappropriate images online via Facebook and Facebook Messenger. She emailed SPD evidence of the harassment she had been receiving, which totaled over 100 screen shots ranging from written threats, pictures of children, pictures of dead people with “you’re next” written on them, mutilated and dead animals, genitals, and anime characters. All of the threats/images had been sent by Martia Alderman (25) and Makayla Alderman (25), whose names were attached to the media.
Due to the content of the messages sent to the victim, it was determined there was sufficient probable cause to charge Martia Alderman with 10 counts of Felony Cyberstalking, and Makayla Alderman with 8 counts of Felony Cyberstalking.
On August 6th, 2020 around 12:00PM SPD officers responded to a residence near the 600 block of South Helena Street in regards to locating two wanted persons (Martia and Makayla). They were both taken into custody without incident and a search warrant was served on the residence.
During the search of the residence SPD officers observed numerous concerning things. Knowing that Martia Alderman had a 3 year old child in the residence, officers observed that in the middle of the living room there was a pentagram made from melted wax and candles and that the candles had been burnt to the base. The candle base was melted to the floor, appearing to have been an open and exposed flame. In the pentagram there were various items and trinkets, such as razor blades.
There were other occultist items and writings throughout the residence but one other safety concern for a child was the fact that there were two large fixed bladed hunting knives found in the apartment. One in the living room and one under a couch along with a hatchet, easily accessible by a child. Due to concerns for the child, Child Protective Services was contacted in reference to Martia’s child.
Martia and Makayla were transported and booked into Spokane County Jail on 10 counts and 8 counts of Cyberstalking respectively.
Officer John O'Brien