On June 18, 2016 at approximately 4:25 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Corporal Nathan Bohanek observed two adult males riding bicycles without headlamps as required by law as they traveled westbound on 16th at Pines.
Corporal Bohanek activated his lights near 16th and Union to talk to the males regarding the equipment violation. They failed to stop and actually split up. One of the suspects, later identified as 29-year-old Timothy A. Peyron, turned south on Union and the second, later identified as 26-year-old Caleb R. Tipton, continued westbound on 16th.
Corporal Bohanek followed Peyron with his spot light and emergency lights activated but Peyron continued to try and ride away. Corporal Bohanek pulled alongside Peyron just as Peyron dropped a large black case he was carrying. Peyron attempted to cut through yards and changed directions but Corporal Bohanek was able to stay with him. In the area of 16th and Union, Corporal Bohanek cut off Peyron’s escape route as Peyron tried to change directions again. Corporal Bohanek repositioned his patrol car as Peyron turned around and Peyron struck the side of the patrol car with his bicycle.
Peyron abandon his bicycle and fled on foot with Corporal Bohanek pursuing. As Peyron was running, he was observed dumping the backpack his was wearing in a yard. As Peyron fled, Corporal Bohanek continually told Peyron to stop and he was under arrest. As Corporal Bohanek began to catch Peyron, he observed what appeared to be a large fixed blade knife in a sheath attached to the right side of Peyron’s belt.
In the 11700 block of East 16th, Peyron stopped, turned toward Corporal Bohanek, and raised both hands in what appeared to be a fighting stance. Corporal Bohanek quickly took control of Peyron’s arm and brought him to the ground. Peyron continued to resist but Corporal Bohanek was eventually able to take him in custody.
Additional Spokane Valley Units responded to the area to assist and look for Tipton. Deputy Spencer Rassier located Tipton in the area of 17th and Bowdish. Deputy Rassier activated his emergency lights and Tipton stopped. Tipton placed an air compressor he was carrying on the ground as instructed. Deputy Rassier took a backpack from Tipton and tried to place him in handcuffs but Tipton began to resist and started to pull his hands away. Deputy Rassier took Tipton to the ground on the grass and placed him in handcuffs.
During the investigation, deputies learned the black case Peyron dropped while riding his bicycle was a Homelite chainsaw which Peyron admitted taking from a yard in the area. Corporal Bohanek also located a Washington State Boater Registration Card on Peyron that did not belong to him. Deputies made contact with the victim listed on the boating card and learned the victim likely left his garage open because the boating card was inside his vehicle parked in the garage.
Peyron admitted he has a drug problem and planned to sell the stolen items. Peyron was transported to the Spokane County Jail and during a search, pills were found in the coin pocket of his jeans. The pills were identified as Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Peyron’s wallet also contained two driver’s licenses not belonging to him, but neither person had reported being victimized.
At the jail, Xanax was also found in the backpack Tipton had been wearing.
Peyron was charged with Residential Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Obstructing a Public Servant, Resisting Arrest, Theft 3rd Degree and Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree.
Tipton was charged with Residential Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft 3rd Degree.