SPD Looks to Public to ID Sunset Grocery Robber

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking to the public to help identify a suspect who robbed Sunset Grocery on July 10th.  Photos of the suspect are attached and a link to surveillance video is below.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.   

 

On 7/10/14, just before 10:30 pm, Spokane Police received a report of a Robbery at Sunset Grocery, located in the 1900 block of W. Sunset Blvd.  The caller reported a male had entered the store, demanded cash and indicated he had a weapon.  He fled the location with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers responded to the scene in less than one minute and set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.  

The suspect (pictured in the attached photos as well as the video link below) is described as:

  • A white male
  • Approximately 5’ 4” tall
  • Wearing a black baseball cap with a white and black bandana covering his face
  • He was also wearing red tennis shoes with white soles

 

LINK TO SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: http://youtu.be/yIHvtSuam_g

 

Anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may be able to identify the suspect is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

July Coffee with a Cop Event to Feature Auto Theft Prevention Device Giveaway

The Spokane Police Department will hold the next Coffee with a Cop event Wednesday, July 23rd, 7:30 - 9:00 am and again in the afternoon from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.

The event will be held at Java Junction II, located at 4715 N. Market.  In an effort to prevent auto theft in Spokane, the Spokane Police Department will be handing out “The Club,” an auto theft prevention device to citizens with vehicles that are commonly stolen. “The Club” giveaway was made possible by a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA).  All members of our community are invited to attend this event.

The Spokane Police Department is pleased to partner with Java Junction II to host our July Coffee with a Cop event. Drip coffee will be provided by Java Junction and the Spokane Police Department will be handing out “The Club,” an auto theft prevention device, to citizens who have the vehicles (year, make, and model) listed below. These vehicles are commonly stolen vehicles and the Spokane Police Department believes the use of this anti-theft device will further reduce auto theft in our community.  Auto theft has already been reduced by more than 13% as compared to this time last year.

In order to receive “The Club” free of charge, citizens must show proof of ownership for one of the following vehicles:

  • Honda Civic and Accord, model years 1983 through 2005
  • Toyota Camry, model years 1984 through 2005
  • Subaru Legacy, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Jeep Cherokee, model years 1985 through 2000
  • Ford Explorer, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Dodge Caravan, model years 1985 through 2010
  • Ford Escape, model years 1990 through 2000
  • Subaru Impreza, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Nissan Sentra, model years 1985 through 2000

SPD recently received grant funds from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA) for use in preventing auto theft. A portion of these funds was used to purchase 250 “Club” auto theft prevention devices to hand out to citizens with vehicles that are commonly stolen.

WATPA was created a result of the Washington Legislature’s desire to change trends in car theft throughout the state of Washington. The Elizabeth Nowak-Washington Auto Theft Prevention Act was enacted in 2007. In addition to changes in the laws dealing with motor vehicle theft, the Act created the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA) in the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).  The WATPA account provides grant funds to law enforcement agencies to combat vehicle theft. Expenditures from the grant are used for activities related to motor vehicle theft and include education, prevention, and investigation.

Spokane Police Department leadership, as well as officers who patrol the North Spokane area will be available to have coffee and conversations with citizens.  All community members are invited to attend this event.

Coffee with a Cop is an event in which police officers and community members come together in an informal manner to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. It is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and has been implemented in over 175 cities and towns in 36 states across the country. The goal of the program is to increase community trust, police legitimacy and partnership building.

Robbery Suspects Quickly Arrested Thanks to Good Suspect Description and Alert Officer

Two suspects were arrested for a Robbery late last night after an alert SPD officer stopped a suspicious vehicle and recognized the individuals in the vehicle matched the descriptions of the Robbery suspects.  Gregory A. Binkley (46)  and Richard L. Baird (37) were arrested and each charged with one count of 1st Degree Robbery.

Last night, 7/10/14, at approximately 11:00 pm, Spokane Police received a report of a Robbery at Rosa’s Pizza, located in the 3400 block of N. Division.  The caller reported that two males had entered the restaurant, displayed guns, demanded cash, and had fled the location.  Officers were on-scene within one minute of the call, however the suspects were not located.  A good description of both suspects was provided by a witness and this information was relayed to police radio and other officers.

Less than two hours after the initial Robbery incident, another Spokane Police officer contacted a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Cataldo and Division.  The officer recognized that individuals inside the vehicle matched the description of the suspects in the Rosa’s Pizza Robbery.  Witnesses in the Robbery were able to positively identify the suspects as the Rosa’s Pizza Robbers.

The two suspects, 46-year-old Gregory A. Binkley and 37-year-old Richard L. Baird were arrested and each was charged with one count of 1st Degree Robbery.

Opening ceremony for the Police Activities League is today at Liberty Park

The Spokane Police Department still has open spots for youth participants for the Spokane Police Activities League (PAL). The opening ceremony is today at Liberty Park at 11:30am.

The Spokane Police Activities League (PAL) engages youth in positive athletic, academic and community service programs in an effort to help secure their path to a successful, healthy adulthood. PAL also builds relationships between youth in our community and the Spokane Police Department.

The program was initiated in the spring of 2013 as a partnership program developed by Spokane community leaders (including Operation Healthy Family, Youth for Christ and Kingdom Fellowship Church Alliance) and the Spokane Police Department through the formation of a summer basketball league and related outreach activities. This year the program has grown to include disc golf in addition to basketball and other outreach activities.

Session dates and youth age groups are listed below:
• Disc Golf Program Session #1: every Wednesday from 11 am – 1 pm, July 9th – August. This activity is for youth in 5th – 8th grade.
• Basketball League: every Thursday from 11:30 am – 2 pm, July 10th - August 28th. This activity is for youth in 5th – 8th grade.
• Disc Golf Program Session #2: every Thursday from 11:30 am - 2pm, July 10th - August 28th. This activity is for youth in 3rd and 4th grade.

All sessions are held at Liberty Park in Spokane. There are still openings for youth participants. Sign up to be part of PAL by visiting www.SpokanePAL.org , by calling Ofc. Jennifer DeRuwe at 509-209-7178, or sign up during today’s opening ceremony.

Chief Straub’s Statement Regarding Yesterday’s Murder Suicide

Chief Straub’s Statement Regarding Yesterday’s Murder Suicide:

Good afternoon. I am joined today by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Staci Cornwell with Spokane Mental Health, Chauntelle Bryant with the Spokane YWCA, Christen Kishel, the Spokane Police Department Psychologist and member of the Mental Health Steering Committee, and Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer with the Spokane Fire Department.

Yesterday’s tragic incident clearly demonstrates the need for our community to work together to address the challenges posed by domestic violence and mental health issues.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Henderson children and their families.

The Spokane Police Department is committed to training all of our officers in Crisis Intervention methods and assisting those in mental health crisis. 

-          Currently, 95% of all SPD officers are certified in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) methods.

-          SPD is exploring opportunities to provide Advanced CIT training to a cadre of officers as well as deploying officers and mental health practitioner teams to respond to incidents involving persons in mental health crisis.

-          SPD meets monthly with mental health professionals to enhance our ability to respond to calls involving persons in mental health crisis.

-          Our officers are working closely with the YWCA to assist victims of domestic violence and connect these victims to services.

Yesterday’s incident is not the first interaction between the Spokane Police Department and Christopher P. Henderson. 

On May 16, 2014, at approximately 4:00 pm, Spokane Police received a call from the victim in yesterday’s murder/suicide, Sheena Henderson.  She reported that her husband, Christopher Henderson, was suicidal, had threatened to commit suicide or “suicide by cop”, had left the home, and had a gun. 

Mrs. Henderson told officers where she believed Mr. Henderson might be. Officers responded to this location and found Christopher Henderson in his parked vehicle. Officers contacted Mr. Henderson, who was armed with a firearm.  Officers convinced him to exit his vehicle, and to surrender his firearm. 

Mr. Henderson was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for mental health evaluation and treatment. The firearm was booked into the regional property evidence facility.

The firearm was released to Mr. Henderson on July 7, 2014, after all records checks were completed and a waiver releasing the firearm was received from the Department of Health and Social Services on June 19, 2014.

We, as a community must come together to:

-          Invest in services to assist victims of domestic violence.

-          Invest in services to aid those challenged by mental illness.

-          Continue to train all law enforcement officers in crisis intervention methods.

-          Create and implement a police-mental health practitioner response team with Advanced CIT training.

-          Continue collaboration between law enforcement, mental health, domestic violence advocates, and the broader community to prevent future tragedies.

Spokane Police Investigate Murder/Suicide

Spokane Police respond to and investigate a shooting which occurred this morning at Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center inside Deaconess Hospital.  Investigators believe this was an isolated incident of murder/suicide.

This morning, 7/8/14, just after 9:30 am, Spokane police received a call that a shooting had occurred at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center inside a Deaconess Hospital medical building at 910 W. 5th Ave.  The caller reported that a man had come into the treatment center, shot a woman (later determined to be his wife) who worked at the facility, and then shot himself.

Officers were on-scene minutes after the initial call and immediately moved patients and staff to a secure area. The female was pronounced dead at the scene and the male was transported to the hospital’s emergency room for treatment.  He was pronounced dead a short time later.

“This incident is both a family and community tragedy. The Spokane Police Department will thoroughly investigate this incident and continue to work closely with our law enforcement and community partners to address issues associated with domestic violence,” - Spokane Police Chief Straub.

Spokane Police Major Crime detectives are investigating the incident, processing the scene, processing the vehicles of the victim and suspect, and interviewing witnesses.

The children of the victim and suspect are safe and with relatives. 

Spokane Police Chaplains responded to the scene and assisted with grief counseling following the incident. 

Roads surrounding Deaconess are open and the hospital is open for patients and appointments.  The Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center is closed for the remainder of the day.

SPD Looks to Public to Locate Missing Vulnerable Child

The Spokane Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in locating a missing child, 10-year-old Timothy J. Reedy. 

Attached is a photo of Reedy.  He was last seen at approximately 1:00 pm, wearing a white and gray striped shirt, tan pants and flip flops.  He may be in the area of Underhill Park or Liberty Park.

Anyone who sees Reedy or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Spokane Police Arrest Rape Suspect; Continue to Investigate Incident

Spokane Police Detectives investigate a report of a rape at knife-point.  The suspect, 29-year-old Kenneth S. Williams was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Rape and 1st Degree Burglary.  The investigation is on-going, however detectives do not believe the victim and suspect know one another.

Last night, at approximately 10:00 pm, Spokane Police received a report of a rape in the 1000 block of E. Crown.  Spokane Police officers responded to the scene less than one minute after the initial call and contacted the victim. 

The victim indicated a male, whom she did not know and who was later identified as Kenneth Williams, approached her residence and spoke to her through an open door.  He left and came back to her residence approximately 10-15 minutes later.  At this point, the victim said Williams forced his way into her residence and raped her, while threatening her with a large knife.  Williams then fled the location. 

When officers responded to the scene, they immediately assisted the victim, set up a perimeter and attempted a K-9 track to locate the suspect.  Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene and officers and detectives quickly identified a person of interest, Kenneth Williams. 

As officers and detectives processed the scene and they noticed a man who appeared to be watching the police activity.  When officers and detectives attempted to contact the man, he fled.  After a one-block foot pursuit, officers and detectives arrested the suspect, Kenneth Williams.  He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Rape and 1st Degree Burglary. 

Reminders for July 4th

In an effort to promote safety this 4th of July weekend, below are some tips from the Spokane Police Department to help citizens enjoy a safe and fun 4th of July.

In the City of Spokane fireworks are illegal and the fine is $513. There are a number of great family activities in Riverfront Park that start tomorrow at 10:00 am and end with the Spokane Tribe of Indians Fireworks Display at 10:00 pm.

Remember, that animals are prohibited at this event unless they are service animals. You can view a full event itinerary of July 4th activities using this link: https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/riverfrontpark/carousel/4th-of-july-2014-flyer.pdf


4th of July road closures start at 4:00 pm and are as follows:
o Glass between Calispel and Jefferson
o Courtland between Cedar and Cora
o Gordon between Washington and Howard
o Cliff Drive between Grove and Sumner

Road closures at 9:45 pm include the following:
o Washington from Spokane Falls to North River Drive northbound
o Washington from Boone to Spokane Falls/Stevens southbound

Roads will re-open after pedestrian traffic has cleared.

One more reminder that Target Zero DUI patrol are in full force for the summer. Please have a plan to get home safely and do not drink and drive.

Suspect booked for several felonies after fleeing from officers in stolen vehicle

Trinity S. Holabach booked into Spokane County Jail for several felonies after crashing a stolen vehicle and fleeing the scene.

On 06/27/2014, at 5:00pm, Spokane Police Patrol officers witnessed a vehicle driving in a reckless manner in the area of Grant St. and Pacific Ave. Initially, the vehicle pulled over at Sprague and Sherman, but as officers exited their patrol vehicle, the driver (later identified as Holabach) sped away. The vehicle came back as a stolen vehicle.

After a brief pursuit, Holabach crashed into another car at Helena and Sprague. Both Holabach and a passenger riding in the vehicle took off running. The driver of the vehicle they hit was taken to the hospital for shoulder and hip pain.

Holabach was caught and booked into Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Eluding a Police Officer, and Hit and Run with an Injury. She may face additional misdemeanor charges in the future.