Suspect Attempts to Elude Police by Cutting a Hole in Their Hotel Room Wall

Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:56 p.m.

Suspect with felony warrants attempts to elude police by cutting a hole in the wall of his hotel room, is arrested shortly after.

On October 18th, 2020 the SPD Police Anti-Crime Team was patrolling near a hotel on the 1500 block of S. Rustle St, which is a known high crime area.  Officers noticed a running Dodge Charger with both driver side doors open and the dash around the steering column torn apart.  There was a male in the back seat who appeared to be working on something. Upon noticing the officers, the male immediately got out of the car and shut both doors.  When asked what he was doing, the male responded that he was installing a camera and then quickly walked away toward the hotel, leaving the car running.

Officers were able to see a distinct Volkswagen symbol tattoo on his right hand which led them to identify the male as Dwayne Davis (39), who had two active felony warrants (DOC and Burglary).

SPD officers waited for Davis to come out to shut off the car and eventually a female came out and did so before returning to room 205 on the upper level of the hotel.

SPD knocked on the door to room 205 and announced themselves.  Davis did not respond and officers could hear what sounded like banging and sawing coming from inside the room.

A short time later, Davis was seen running from the room on the opposite side of the hotel that shared an adjoining back wall with room 205.  A foot chase ensued and Davis was ultimately taken into custody without incident after a K9 track was utilized.

Upon search of Davis’ hotel room, SPD found a very large butcher-style knife on the toilet seat in the bathroom and a rectangular hole in the bathroom wall above the toilet that lead to the adjoining hotel room. It was obvious to officers he had cut the hole in the wall and escaped through it to the adjoining room. 

Based on the intentional damage Davis caused to the hotel room wall, probable cause was established for Malicious Mischief 2nd.

Dwayne was transported and booked into Spokane County Jail for Malicious Mischief 2nd,

Obstructing, and Resisting arrest.


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