Deputies Arrive and Locate Fleeing Burglary Suspect within Minutes
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived in the area of a reported burglary in progress and located the suspect who ditched his vehicle a short distance away and tried to walk off. After the investigation was completed, he was arrested for Burglary 2nd Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree and booked into jail.
On October 27, 2019, at approximately 4:48 p.m., a victim reported he had caught a male attempting to break into a residence on his property located in the 4700 block of N. Barker. The male suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Tye D. Horn, fled in a green vehicle with Idaho license plates after the victim confronted him. The caller was following Horn, but he lost sight of him in the vicinity of Barker and Euclid at approximately 4:51 p.m.
Deputy Tyler Smith, Deputy James Wang, and Deputy Sky Ortiz arrived in the area within minutes and began attempting to locate Horn or his vehicle.
Deputy Smith observed a green passenger car, traveling north on McMillan at a high rate of speed toward his location. Deputy Smith turned around but momentarily lost sight of the vehicle. As he turned south on McMillan, he began looking for the car. He suddenly observed Horn scurry south on McMillan. Deputy Smith looked to the east on Fairview and noticed a green Subaru with Idaho plates parked oddly on the north side of the road.
Believing he located the burglary suspect and vehicle, Deputy Smith contacted Horn. Horn stated he was out for a walk and didn’t live in the area. He was walking from his friend Lindsey’s trailer, but he did not want to provide her full name or address because she “had warrants”. When Deputy Smith asked Horn about the green Subaru, his demeanor changed. He seemed to tense up, get nervous and began to breath heavier.
A check of Horn’s name revealed he had a history of law enforcement contacts for Residential Burglary, Trafficking Stolen Property, and Theft. Horn was detained for additional investigation.
The victim positively identified Horn as the suspect he caught breaking into the trailer on his property. He also confirmed the green Subaru was the vehicle Horn was driving. He told Deputy Ortiz, Horn did not have permission to be on his fenced and posted property. He explained plywood had been ripped off the window of the single-wide trailer, which was used to store items. The window appeared to be ajar, and the plywood was now in pieces. It also appeared someone got into the boat parked next to the trailer.
Multiple tools, including a power saw, pry bar/tools, and other tools, were observed inside Horn’s vehicle.
Deputy Ortiz advised Horn he was under arrest for Burglary and informed him of his rights. Horn agreed to waive his rights and answer questions. Horn initially admitted he was at the trailer park visiting friends but never in or near the car. When asked if his fingerprints were going to be found at the scene of the burglary or on the car, he hesitated to answer, and his voice became low, saying they wouldn’t be found. Horn was advised the vehicle would be seized pending a search warrant. Horn began talking about a drug court treatment program and said, “I’m gonna tell you the truth, you don’t have to pull prints. I was there, and the car is mine. I’m stupid; my damn wallet is in the back seat with my ID.” Horn said he did not break into the trailer or steal anything from the boat. He admitted he was there with the intention of prowling around to feed his drug habit, and he desperately needs the treatment program to turn his life around. He also said, “I guess the majority of those tools in my car could be looked at as burglary tools.” but he denied using them for that purpose.
Horn was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Burglary 2nd Degree, Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree, and Possession of Burglary Tools.