Armed/Wanted Robbery & Auto Theft Suspect Attempts to Flee
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested a suspect wanted for stealing his mother’s vehicle and forcefully attempting to take her purse. He later held a knife to his throat and fled from Deputies in the stolen vehicle. During the ensuing pursuit, two patrol cars were damaged, and one Deputy received minor injuries. The suspect fled on foot and was eventually captured by K9 Bane and pursuing Deputies.
On April 3, 2019, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Deputy Humphrey responded to the area of W. McFarlane and N. Craig Rd. to check for a reported stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was reported stolen earlier in the day when the registered owner/victim stated her son, 26-year-old Alfredo Monge, attempted to forcibly take her purse before stealing the vehicle. From that investigation, charges of Robbery (DV) and Theft of a Motor Vehicle (DV) were established for Alfredo’s arrest.
Unable to locate the vehicle at the intersection, Deputy Humphrey drove a short distance away to check at the registered owner’s address. Not seeing the car parked in the driveway, Deputy Humphrey knocked on the front door of the residence. A short time later, he could hear movement inside the house and then, a male and female yelling.
Soon, the victim opened the door with Alfredo standing behind her holding a knife up to his throat. The victim stood between Deputy Humphrey and Alfredo, yelling “Don’t shoot him! Don’t shoot him!” while Alfredo yelled, “I’m going to kill myself! I’m going to kill myself!”. Deputy Humphrey requested emergency assistance and several units from multiple agencies began to respond.
Deputy Humphrey, fearing for the victim’s safety, grabbed her outstretched arm and pulled her to a safe distance, away from where Alfredo stood, holding the knife. Alfredo began yelling, “Let go of my mom or I am going to kill myself!”
Deputy Humphrey secured the victim in his patrol car, a safe distance away, as additional deputies and officers arrived.
While attempting to set up a perimeter around the residence, Alfredo ran out of the back door and fled in the stolen vehicle again, driving westbound on W. Thorpe Rd.
Deputy Drew Richmond, who was arriving in the area, got behind Alfredo, activated his emergency lights and attempted to get Alfredo to stop. Instead, Alfredo accelerated and fled with Deputy Richmond and Deputy Giacomini, with Deputy Humphrey as a passenger, pursuing.
As the pursuit continued, Alfredo turned into the parking lot of the Petro Station located at 10506 W. Aero Rd. With Alfredo potentially still armed with a knife and his reckless disregard for everyone’s safety, Deputy Richmond moved in and attempted a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit safely. Alfredo’s vehicle spun 180 degrees while he tried to maintain control and struck Deputy Richmond’s driver’s side door causing the door glass to shatter.
Deputy Richmond covered in glass, some possibly in his eyes and with the damage to his car, dropped out of the pursuit. Alfredo fled the parking lot almost hitting Deputy Giacomini’s vehicle and causing Deputy Hilton to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a head-on collision.
Now at very low speeds on Aero Rd., Deputy Giacomini positioned his patrol car and successfully conducted another PIT maneuver on the I-90 overpass. Alfredo jumped out of the vehicle, put the knife to his throat and began yelling he was going to kill himself as he walked away. Suddenly he started to run, then unexpected turn toward the edge of the overpass and jumped off, falling approximately 20 feet onto the muddy embankment.
Deputy Hilton, who had already deployed his partner K9 Bane while Alfredo was running away, attempted to call K9 Bane off when Alfredo suddenly bolted toward the edge but Bane had already jumped, following Alfredo over the side. K9 Bane quickly caught up to Alfredo, made contact and held on as Alfredo tried to pull him into the lanes of travel on I-90. Alfredo attempted to force K9 Bane to release his grip, but K9 Bane maintained his hold. Deputies quickly arrived to assist, and although Alfredo failed to follow commands and continued to resist, after a short physical struggle, Deputies successfully took him into custody.
Alfredo received medical treatment before being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Imprisonment, Resisting Arrest and Driving while Suspended 3rd Degree.
Deputy Richmond received medical attention for minor injuries. Thankfully no citizens, other Deputies or K9 Bane were injured.
Two patrol vehicle received damage during this incident and were removed from service to be repaired and safety checked.
Thank you, Dr. Krista Porter, at Springwater Veterinary Services on Hauser Lake Rd. for always taking great care of K9 Bane!