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Posted on: April 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled, Ethan is Safe

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UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled, Ethan is Safe


With the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Office, Whitman County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol, Detectives located suspect Justin. P. Robertson and his son Ethan Robertson at a residence located near St. John, Washington.   The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation Team, along with members of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Regional Air Support Unit including flight medics responded to the scene.

After several hours, Negotiator secured the safe release of Ethan to awaiting SWAT Team members.  However, Justin did not surrender, and Negotiators continue to work toward a peaceful resolution which is always the desired goal.



Estranged Husband Stabs Wife Abducts 5-Year-Old Son

Amber Alert Issued

Spokane Valley Deputies and Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the stabbing of an adult female and the abduction of her 5-year-old son, Ethan Robertson.  The suspect, 41-year-old Justin P. Robertson, is the estranged husband of the victim and father of Ethan fled the scene in a red 2014 Subaru Legacy with Washington license plate APN2450.  

** Justin Robertson should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone who has seen Justin Robertson, Ethan Robertson or the 2014 Subaru Legacy WA APN2450 is urged to call 911 immediately. **

On April 23, 2019, at approximately 5:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a panic alarm at a residence located in the 12800 block of E. Blossey in Spokane Valley.

Deputies arrived to find the side gate wide open.  They knocked on the front door and heard a female inside screaming for help.  With the front door locked, Deputies moved to the back of the residence and discovered the rear door wide open.  Upon entering the home, they located the victim who was bleeding profusely from what appeared to be stab wounds.

The victim stated she had recently served Justin Robertson with divorce papers.  She said this morning, Justin stabbed her and fled with their son Ethan.

The victim was transported to the hospital with serious but what is now believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Justin Robertson is believed to be driving a red 2014 Subaru Legacy with Washington license plates APN2450.  

An Amber Alert has been issued as Deputies and Detectives work to ensure the safe return of Ethan Robertson.

If you have seen Justin Robertson, know of his location or have seen the red 2014 Subaru Legacy with Washington license plates APN2450, you are urged to call 911 or Crime Check (509-456-2233) immediately. 


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