Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:23 p.m.
Thanks to a tip from a concerned citizen, SPD arrests felon suspect after he flees from routine traffic stop. Officers find firearms in the vehicle.
On December 20th, 2020 around 3:00AM near the intersection of Indiana and Haven SPD observed a black Chevy fail to use its turn signal before making a turn. SPD initiated a stop with overhead emergency lights and the Chevy pulled over on the side of the street. The vehicle stopped briefly before driving off slowly around the corner and pulling to a stop once again. The driver then took off at a high rate of speed.
SPD observed the Chevy continue driving quickly and not yielding to intersections in residential areas before losing line of sight.
Soon after, a concerned citizen called 911 stating they had observed someone drive into the parking lot of their apartment complex and quickly exit a vehicle just before SPD vehicles had driven by. The caller told police the male had entered an apartment in the complex. As it turns out, the caller was justified in their concerns that law enforcement may have been looking for the male.
SPD arrived at the apartments and recognized the black Chevy as being the vehicle that had fled from officers earlier. SPD officers observed the butt of a rifle in back seat of the Chevy and were able to make contact with the suspect, Timothy Webb (38), outside of a nearby apartment building.
Webb was placed under arrest and was found to be in possession of a handgun wrapped in a bandana as well as several window punch devices and other tools sometimes associated with breaking into vehicles. The serial number on the handgun helped SPD contact the registered owner of the handgun who confirmed that it had in fact been stolen.
Dispatch advised officers that Webb is a convicted felon and therefore should not be on possession of a firearm. Webb was charged with Attempting to Elude, Unlawful possession of firearms, and possessing a stolen firearm. He was transported and booked into Spokane County Jail on the stated charges. A search warrant will be sought for the vehicle, the investigation is continuing.
SPD is very thankful to the concerned citizen whose alertness and good instincts help lead to this arrest.
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