Citizens and Deputies Work Together to End Suspect’s Crime Spree
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a suspect after he crashed through a fence, wrecked a stolen vehicle, fled on foot, stole another vehicle, and was later detained by citizens after he broke into their cars. The suspect was booked into jail for multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.
On August 05, 2020, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Moffett responded to a hit and run property damage call in the 30500 block of N. Weber Lane.
The caller stated a white male with no shirt, wearing black jeans, and driving a silver Honda SUV, was observed driving on his neighbor’s property without permission. As the witness approached, the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Roscoe G. Wood attempted to open a gate to leave the property. When confronted, Wood got back into the car and drove back across the property.
Deputy Moffett drove around the area looking for the vehicle or any evidence. He observed where Wood drove through a fence, and he located a license plate that appeared to have been broken off. The information on the license plate showed it was registered to a reported stolen 2013 Honda CRV.
Seconds later, Corporal Welton advised, via radio, he observed the Honda turn from Hunters Point Road onto Pineglen Road. When he tried to stop the vehicle, Wood immediately accelerated in an attempt to flee, eventually turning onto Hayden Lane, a dead-end road. Wood turned off the road, drove through a yard, around and house and back to Hayden Lane. He continued across the road, over a steep embankment, and crashed the vehicle approximately 150 feet from the roadway. Corporal Welton yelled for Wood to stop, but he fled on foot into the dense brush.
Several additional Deputies responded to the area to help in the search.
A few minutes later, a person reported their blue Honda Civic was just stolen in the area of Shady Slope and Little Spokane River Drive. Believing Wood had made his way to the location and took another vehicle, Air 1 was requested, but the Civic was not located.
At approximately 12:40 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle prowler (Wood) at his home in the 23400 block of N. Orchard Bluff, and a short time later, updated the residents had cornered the prowler. Deputies responded to the scene and arrested Wood.
Wood was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. Wood told Deputy Trautman he stole the blue Honda Civic and got it high centered near the location he was caught. He admitted to using white spray paint he found to try and alter the stolen Honda’s appearance. He also said he was driving the Honda CRV, crashing through the fence and fleeing from Deputies.
Deputy Moffett transported Wood and booked him into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, (2 counts) Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, (2 counts) Hit and Run-Property Damage, Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Vehicle Trespass 2nd Degree, and Driving while Suspended.
Wood remains incarcerated in the jail with his bond set at $25,000.