Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Monday, November 9, 2020 at 1:46 p.m.
Suspect armed with scissors breaks into house, resident chases him down and helps SPD locate.
On November 7th, 2020 around 3pm SPD responded to a Residential Burglary call near the 1800 block of W. College Ave. Dispatch advised a female called and said someone had kicked in her front door and that her husband scared them off and was now chasing the suspect.
Upon arrival SPD made contact with the complainant as her husband was returning on foot. They told officers the following in summary:
They were in their living room with their child when they heard a noise at the front door. The complainant got up to check the door assuming a package had been delivered. She saw a “metal bar” pass through the door jamb and the door immediately came crashing open and hit her. The suspect was standing in the doorway and mumbling something unclear.
The complainant’s husband yelled at Hendricks, who then ran from the scene. The complainant’s husband chased Hendricks as far as the Maple Street Bridge before coming back to the residence to call police and give them Hendricks’ last known location. He said the suspect was a white male approximately 6’2” with longer lighter brown hair. He had chin hair and facial scruff. He was wearing Brown work pants, several layers of coats with a brown coat on top and had “bad teeth”. He last saw the suspect in the caged walking path on the Maple Street Bridge heading south.
When SPD observed the scene they saw the metal entry door was open, with the deadbolt still sticking out in the locked position with the strike plate and screws still hanging off the deadbolt. There were splinters of wood on the floor and the molding inside the door was off the wall.
SPD contacted a male matching the suspect description (identified as Kalen Hendricks, 36) on the Maple Street Bridge. It was confirmed that Hendricks had a Department of Corrections warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. SPD informed Hendricks that he was under arrest for his warrant. Hendricks also admitted to the break-in on W. College Ave. Upon search, SPD found a pair of scissors, a knife, and metal bar in his possession.
Probable cause was developed to arrest Hendricks for Burglary 1st degree. He was transported and booked into Spokane County Jail.
Officer John O'Brien