Ofc. Xenon Berkeley, PIO
Monday, May 16, 2022 at 11:22 a.m.
On May 13, 2022 at approximately 5:40pm, Spokane police received a 911 call from 9-year old Delilah who advised her sister, 7-year old Stella, had been riding her bicycle in the area of 5400 N Helena St when 3 teenage males pushed her off of the bicycle and rode off with it. The bicycle was described as pink with pom-poms hanging from the handles.
Officer J Druitt responded to contact the young girls. Stella told him the bicycle had been a special gift from her mother. She was riding it when the 3 teenagers pushed her off, kicked her in the stomach, called her vulgar names, and then rode off on it. The suspects have not been identified at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
Officer Druitt conferred with Officer E Specht, who is on SPD’s Tactical (TAC) Team which oversees the Bicycle Rapid Response Team (BRRT). Officer Specht thought it would be appropriate for the TAC Team to replace the bicycle. After receiving approval from the TAC Team’s leadership, the two officers went to a local store where they purchased a new bicycle for Stella. See the attached photo (released with parent’s approval) of Officers Druitt and Specht with Stella and her new bicycle.
Law enforcement officers are often confronted with the most difficult and depressing times in people’s lives. We are always looking for opportunities to do good and make a difference, like Druitt and Specht did today. We wish Stella many safe and fun trips on her new bicycle!
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