Suspect Arrested for Threatening Teenager
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a call of a male who threatened a teenage victim as she walked to her bus stop. Following the investigation, the suspect, William E. Meals, was arrested and booked into jail for felony Harassment.
On September 18, 2019, at approximately 7:40 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a male who yelled at and chased a teenager as she walked to her bus stop. The victim, obviously scared, boarded her bus and was not injured.
Arriving Deputies learned the male, later identified as 60-year-old William E. Meals, began yelling at the victim as she walked on the opposite side of the roadway in the 3700 block of E. Lane Park Road. Meals continued to yell at the victim, calling her profane names and threatening to hurt/kill her. The victim, terrified by Meals’ irate, profane threats initially walked faster, progressing to a run as she made her way to her bus stop. Meals stayed on the opposite side of the road but matched her pace for approximately half a block as he cussed and threatened the young victim.
Meals was contacted and denied yelling or threatening the victim or anyone else. However, at one point, he did admit to yelling at kids because they walk past his property.
After conducting interviews including a witness, probable cause to arrest Meals was developed.
Meals was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony Harassment, Threats to Kill.
Meals has been contacted several times in the recent past for erratic but noncriminal behavior.