Wanted Suspect’s Attempt to Hide Doesn’t Fool K9 Bane
A wanted suspect’s attempt to hide in an apartment, despite several warnings a K9 would be used to find him, ended when K9 Bane quickly located him and he was taken into custody by Deputies.
On June 29, 2018 at approximately 5:55 p.m., Spokane County Deputies assisted by Spokane Valley Deputy Clay Hilton and his partner K9 Bane responded to a possible domestic violence incident in the 5000 block of E. Buckeye.
The Deputies learned the incident was an argument and not an assault or other crime. They asked the female if 23-year-old Andreas M. Fields was inside since the location was his last known address and a check of his name showed an active felony Washington State Department of Corrections warrant (original charge of burglary) for his arrest.
Believing Fields was inside, the Deputies asked for and were given permission to search the apartment. Deputy Hilton gave several advisories stating Fields was under arrest and to surrender or K9 Bane would be used to find him. The advisories went unanswered.
K9 Bane began to search, room to room, coming to the laundry room. Once inside, K9 Bane showed a change in behavior and alerted on a closed door. Several additional announcements were made but Fields did not reply or surrender as instructed.
As Deputy Giacomini attempted to open the door, Fields could be observed on the other side trying to hold the door closed. Deputy Giacomini was able to open the door far enough for K9 Bane to enter and contact Fields. Fields immediately released his grasp on the door causing it to fly open. K9 Bane had pulled Fields from a shelf/table where he was hiding onto the floor.
Fields followed commands and he was taken into custody without further incident. Fields was provided medical attention before he was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his felony warrant.