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Posted on: May 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Detective Identify and Arrest Murder Suspect

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UPDATE: Detectives Identify and Arrest Murder Suspect 

Through the ongoing investigation, Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives identified 19-year-old Stephen H. Yohler as a suspect in the March 29, 2021 murder of 15-year-old Preston Grzogorek at an apartment complex in the 9700 block of E. 6th Avenue.   


Investigators requested and obtained a felony arrest warrant charging Yohler with Murder 1st Degree.  


This afternoon, at approximately 1:40 pm., members of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force visually located Yohler at a residence in the 500 block of S. Coach in Spokane Valley.   Spokane Valley Patrol Deputies and Detectives began to respond to the location to assist.  

 Due to the violent nature of the charge and the high risk associated with its service, the SWAT Team’s assistance was also requested.


Yohler was observed outside the home and was quickly taken into custody without incident.  He was later booked into the Spokane County Jail for Murder 1st Degree.    


Major Crimes Detective obtained a search warrant for the residence, which was served with the assistance of the SWAT Team.  


This remains an active investigation.  Additional arrests and charges are possible. 




Original Press Release sent on March 30, 2021:


Major Crimes Detectives Investigating Late-Night Shooting that Tragically Took the Life of 15-Year-Old Juvenile 


Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a late-night shooting at an apartment complex located in the 9700 block of E. 6th Avenue that claimed the life of a 15-year-old male. 


Anyone with information regarding this incident or can help Investigators identify the person(s) involved is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10038368.


On March 29, 2021, at approximately 10:50 pm., Spokane Valley Deputies began to respond to a call of a possible shooting in the 9700 block of E. 6th Avenue in Spokane Valley. 

Arriving Deputies located a 15-year-old juvenile male suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds and immediately provided medical aid. Spokane Valley Fire and AMR personnel arrived and took over the victim’s care, but unfortunately, despite everyone’s efforts, the victim died at the scene. 

Deputies quickly established a perimeter, and a K9 Unit, Air 1, and Major Crimes Detectives were called out to assist.

The initial information indicates the victim went outside to meet a person or persons and was struck by gunfire. 

Witnesses stated a person wearing dark clothing was seen running from the scene. 

From information obtained during the investigation thus far, Detectives believe the victim knew the suspect(s) he was meeting. The information obtained also indicates the victim was involved in an ongoing conflict with several individuals. 

This continues to be an active investigation, and no arrests have been made at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident or can help Investigators identify the person(s) involved is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10038368.

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