Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives continued investigating an armed robbery of a convenience store at 102 S. Thierman Road on January 21, 2022. Through the investigation, the suspect was identified and later arrested with the assistance of Patrol Deputies.
On January 21, 2022, at approximately 12:40 pm., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at the convenience store at 102 S. Thierman Road.
Deputies learned a suspect, witnesses described as a black male, approximately 5’05”-6’0”, 200-230 pounds, armed with a handgun, robbed the business and fled in a mid-sized SUV. The area was searched, but neither the suspect nor the car used to escape was found.
Major Crimes Detective Jason Hunt continued the investigation with the assistance of Forensic Unit Technicians and RIG 9 Investigative Analysts. Through their efforts, probable cause to charge the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Jason K.N. Watters, with Robbery 1st Degree.
On February 16, 2022, at approximately 12:30 am., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a welfare check of a caller, identified as Watters, stating he believes that he’s being followed and thinks the subjects will shoot him. Watters said he has a gun and knives in the car with him, and he is parked in the gas station's parking lot at 2303 N. Argonne.
When Deputy Ball responded to the area, he observed Watters’ vehicle but did not see anyone else that appeared to be involved. Knowing there was probable cause to arrest Watters for Robbery 1st, he waited for assistance to arrive before contacting Watters. Watters then decided to leave the parking lot, driving south on Argonne.
With additional Deputies assisting, Deputy Ball conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Argonne and Indiana. Watters was detained without incident and transported to the Public Safety Building to be interviewed by Detective Hunt.
Watters waived his rights and agreed to answer questions regarding the robbery. He stated he was under the influence of Methamphetamine and alcohol and barely remembered what happened that day. The gun wasn’t his, he took it prior to the robbery and put it back afterward. He also stated the handgun wasn’t loaded and didn’t even have a magazine in it, although he admitted the clerk nor anyone else would have known it.
Watters was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Robbery 1st Degree, where he remains with bond set by the courts at $15,000.