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Posted on: December 4, 2017

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Suspect Identified in 7 Minutes with Your Help


UPDATE: Suspect Identified in 7 Minutes with Your Help

On November 14, 2017, we posted the press release below onto our social media pages along with surveillance photos.  Within 7 minutes, tips were called in to Major Crimes Detective Melville identifying the suspect as 31-year-old Sterling R. Spencer. 

Spencer was arrested last night after Spokane Police Officers attempted to stop him on a bicycle near 4th and Maple.  Spencer attempted to flee on the bike and on foot but was taken into custody despite his efforts to escape.

Spencer was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Obstructing, and two warrants (2 counts of Criminal Trespassing 1st Degree). 

This morning, Detective Melville visited the jail and added an additional charge of Robbery 1st Degree.

We again thank you for your willingness to identify suspects who commit crimes in our area.  This incident clearly shows, with your help, suspects can be identified and sought literally within minutes. 


Can You Help Detectives Identify this Robbery Suspect?

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives would like your help identifying the male robbery suspect in these photos.  


On November 6, 2017, at approximately 7:05 p.m., a Home Depot (5617 E. Sprague) employee reported a male stole several items from the store and became assaultive when loss prevention tried to stop him.  The suspect was last running south on Howe. 

The suspect is described as an adult white male in his 30’s, 5’06”, with a thin build, a scab on his right cheek, and long hair kept in a ponytail.  He was wearing a black coat, blue jeans, and a blue baseball hat.    

If you can help identify this male suspect or provide information regarding this incident, you are asked to call Major Crimes Detective Marc Melville at 509-477-3325 reference #10149431.


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