Bullet Holes in Victims’ Wall Lead Back to Suspect Arrested for Attempting to Assault Deputies with a Baseball Bat on Sunday
Spokane Valley Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence of 58-year-old Kevin R. Alexander after his neighbors found bullet holes in a wall shared between their residences. Inside Alexander’s residence, Deputies seized a .22 caliber rifle, ammunition, a large collection of swords, knives, throwing stars and methamphetamine. Additional charges were requested for Alexander who is still in custody at the Spokane County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
On March 19, 2018, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Derek McNall responded to a report of possible bullet holes found in the wall of the victims’ residence, located in the 2300 block of N. Wilbur in Spokane Valley. The holes appear to have originated from the neighbor’s side of the shared wall of the duplex.
Deputy McNall, and assisting Deputies, arrived at the location and spoke with the victims. The victims stated they heard loud noises coming from their neighbor’s residence on March 17, 2018 but they thought he was moving furniture around. On March 19, 2018, they discovered four holes (two in a stairwell and two in a closet) in the shared wall and now believe the noises they heard on Saturday were gunshots. The victims (two adults and one juvenile) were unable to provide the name of their neighbor.
While attempting contact at the neighbor’s residence, Deputy McNall observed what appeared to be additional bullet holes in an upstairs window and broken glass on the ground underneath it. Deputy McNall contacted an uninvolved neighbor who told him the male suspect’s name was “Kevin” and he was last seen on March 18, 2018, at approximately 8:00 a.m., when Kevin was observed running from the residence with a baseball bat and looked “disoriented”.
With this information, Deputy McNall believe “Kevin” might be Kevin Alexander who attempted to assault Deputies on March 18, 2018 with a baseball bat near Sprague and Pines and was arrested for attempted Assault 3rd Degree. At that time, Alexander told arresting Deputies he was suffering from severe depression and was losing his sense of reason. In reviewing Alexander’s criminal history, Deputy McNall learned Alexander was a convicted felon stemming from an arrest in Douglas County, OR, prohibiting him from owning or possessing firearms.
A search warrant for Alexander’s residence was sought and granted. Deputies located a .22 caliber rifle, ammunition (fired and unfired rounds of varying calibers), a large collection of swords, knives, throwing stars and baseball bats inside the residence during the search. A clear plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance, a glass pipe (commonly used to smoke controlled substances) and a lighter were found on small table in the garage. The substance was field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine. The evidence was seized and booked into property.
Alexander faces felony charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and two misdemeanors: Aiming/Discharging a Firearm/Dangerous Weapon and Reckless Endangerment as a result of this investigation.
Press Release from March 19, 2018:
Male Carrying Bat Threatens, Runs & Fights with Deputies
Sunday morning Spokane Valley Deputies investigated a citizen’s report of a suspicious male who was carrying a baseball bat, pacing back and forth, and walking in and out of the roadway near the intersection of Pines and Sprague. When contacted, the male walked toward the Deputy, and raised the bat as if he planned to swing it at him before he turned and ran. Deputies eventually located the male in a nearby neighborhood and took him into custody after he resisted and fought their efforts.
On March 18, 2018 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious male who was carrying a baseball bat, pacing back and forth, and walking in and out of the roadway near the intersection of Pines and Sprague.
When Deputy Tim Jones attempted to contact the male, later identified as 58-year-old Kevin R. Alexander, Alexander made eye contact and continued to advance toward Deputy Jones. With Alexander closing the distance between them, Deputy Jones told Alexander to stop several times but Alexander continued. Now, approximately 15 yards away and still ignoring commands to stop, Alexander raised the bat with both hands and appeared to get ready to swing the bat and assault Deputy Jones.
Additional commands to stop were ignored. Alexander then turned and began walking south across Sprague. Deputy Jones continued to give commands to stop as Alexander, still armed with the bat, began to run toward the south side of Sprague and the occupied businesses.
In the alleyway behind the businesses, Deputy Jones lost sight of Alexander and additional Deputies responded to the area and began to search for him.
When located, Alexander continued to ignore commands as he fled through carports, backyards and jumped fences, but he was eventually confronted by Deputy Schaum and Deputy Melton in the yard of a residence in the 400 block of S. Houk.
With additional patrol units arriving at the location to assist, Alexander stopped running and turned toward Deputy Schaum, still holding the bat still in his hand. Deputy Schaum, with his baton deployed, ordered Alexander to drop the bat; he complied but failed to follow additional commands. Alexander attempted to flee again but before he could make it to a fence, Deputy Schaum grabbed his arm and brought him to the ground as Deputy Melton and Deputy Jones assisted while Alexander fought their efforts to gain control and place him in handcuffs. At one point, Alexander grabbed ahold of the baton as the Deputies worked to maintain control of his arms as they struggled on the wet and muddy ground.
Deputies finally gained control of Alexander after delivering strikes, removed the baton from his grasp, and placed him in handcuffs.
Alexander was provided medical attention prior to being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 3rd Degree (attempted).