Deputies and SAU Detectives Locate and Arrest Suspect for Rape
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a reported rape of a 17-year-old female early this morning. Through the investigation, the suspect was identified, located, and arrested. A replica handgun was recovered inside the 7-11 store, where the suspect was contacted. Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) Detectives continue to investigate. Forensic Unit Technicians are assisting with evidence collection and scene documentation.
On September 15, 2021, at approximately 4:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a possible rape near Pines and Mansfield in Spokane Valley.
After contacting the 17-year-old victim, Deputies learned she met the male suspect, later identified as 50-year-old Terrence M. Kelley, during the evening. They went into the access alley, behind the row of businesses, running north/south, between Mansfield and Indiana. Kelley gave her Methamphetamine, which she had never taken before.
She explained she was extremely “high” and could not “feel her body”. Kelley took her behind an outbuilding, placed a piece of cardboard on the ground, and told her to sit down. Kelley removed what she believed to be a real pistol from his waistband and placed it on the ground next to her. He forcefully pushed her onto her back and raped her. She said she was afraid for her life after seeing the gun, and due to the high level of impairment caused by the Methamphetamine, she was unable to struggle as Kelley firmly held her on the ground.
Later, she left and went to a friend’s home, and the incident was reported.
Deputies learned Kelley was observed at the 7-11, near the location the rape occurred. Deputy Cinkovich and Deputy Moore pulled into the store parking lot and observed a male matching Kelley’s description in front of the store. Deputies called out to him, but Kelley walked into the store, walked down an aisle, and then walked back outside. He was quickly detained without incident.
Deputy Moore contacted the store clerk and asked where Kelley had gone when they arrived. The clerk walked down the aisle where Kelley went, and Deputy Moore noticed a black semi-auto handgun sitting on top of a box of snack foods. Without touching the evidence, Deputy Moore described the pistol as having a magazine inserted in the mag well. “Glock” was stamped on the side of the grip, and the number “17” was stamped on the side, indicating the model number of a Glock handgun. He stated the pistol looked like a real Glock handgun, but once removed from the shelf and collected as evidence, it was easily determined to be a realistic-looking BB gun.
SAU Detectives and Forensic Technicians arrived to continue the investigation and collect evidence.
With the information gained during the ongoing investigation, SAU Detective Tom Keys developed probable cause to charge Kelley with Rape 1st Degree. Kelley was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for the charge and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.
This remains an active investigation, and additional charges are possible.