Convicted Felon Arrested for Several Felonies including Assault 2nd Degree & Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested convicted felon, Jerry G. Allen, after a victim reported he pointed a handgun at her. The investigation led to Allen being charged with multiple felonies of Assault 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On March 24, 2018, at approximately 12:15 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Spencer responded to the report of a person with a weapon in the area of the 4600 block of S. Cheatham Rd. The caller stated a male named “Max” threatened her with a gun before walking away.
When Deputy Spencer arrived in the area, he observed a vehicle leave the address as he awaited backup Deputies to arrive. Believing the vehicle was probably involved, he conducted a traffic stop in the 4500 block of Cheatham. He also observed two males, one of which was carrying a gas can and later identified as Allen, walking on the side of the road toward the traffic stop. The two males inside the vehicle followed commands and placed their hands outside the vehicle and kept them in view of Deputy Spencer. Allen and the second male also followed commands to stand in the front of the vehicle occupied by the two males. When asked, all four males denied being “Max”.
When Deputy Lorenz Mina arrived to assist, Allen who matched the description provided by the victim was identified as having the nickname of Max. As Deputy Spencer took control of Allen’s hands to begin a frisk for weapons, Allen dropped multiple items on the ground. Allen was placed in handcuffs and a loaded 9mm FMK handgun was removed from Allen’s right hip. As the weapon was removed, a laser aiming devise fell to the ground and was subsequently recovered.
Checking Allen’s name with dispatch, Deputy Spencer learned Allen was a convicted felon (Residential Burglary-Assault 3rd Degree) which precluded Allen from legally possessing a firearm and he had an extensive history of local law enforcement contacts.
The items Allen dropped on the ground were found to be his wallet and a clear plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance believed to be Methamphetamine and a brown substance believed to be Heroin. Field tests showed presumptive positive results for those substances.
The reporting victim stated Allen, who she knew as “Max”, arrived in a black Cadillac and told her, he ran out of gas. When the victim told Allen to leave the property, she observed a handgun in Allen’s waistband and asked him why he had it. Allen said it was for protection and became increasingly agitated after he was told to leave. Allen pulled the weapon from his waistband and she observed a red laser attached to the weapon turn on. In fear for her life, she hid behind a vehicle parked on the property.
Deputy Spencer located the vehicle Allen was reportedly driving, parked on Cheatham. As he looked through the windows, Deputy Spencer observed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic rifle, multiple rounds of .223 ammunition on the floor, and a black tactical body armor vest, inside. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant.
A second victim was contacted later and he confirmed the version of events provided by the initial victim. He identified Allen as the suspect he’s known as “Max”. He stated Allen pointed the handgun at him and he felt in fear of his life. He also observed Allen point the handgun at the female victim and activate a red laser.
After being advised of his rights, Allen denied any knowledge of the Cadillac, the drugs recovered and denied any keys were removed from his pocket. He did admit he had the pistol on his hip, for protection, and he liked guns.
Allen was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin and Carrying a Concealed Pistol w/o a License.
A search warrant was later obtained for the Cadillac. A key located on Allen unlocked the doors and truck of the vehicle. A black DPMS semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines were seized along with, several rounds of ammunition (.223/9mm/.40cal), a black body armor carrier without ballistic panels, digital scales and a bag containing a white crystalline substance. A birth certificate and voter registration card belonging to Allen were also found inside. A field test showed a presumptive positive result for Methamphetamine.
With the additional evidence, Deputy Spencer completed a charging request where he recommended the addition of a new charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, and the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance be amended to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.