Running, Hiding, Lying: What Not to Do
Spokane Valley Deputy Jason Hunt arrested 24-year-old Kyle S. Roberson after he was observed running from a store, hid from the deputy, lied about his identity when contacted, was found to be in possession of drugs and had an active felony warrant for his arrest.
On December 5, 2016 at approximately 8:40 p.m., Deputy Jason Hunt observed a male in dark clothing running from Walmart near Broadway and Sullivan in Spokane Valley. The male, later identified as Roberson, was carrying a jacket and continued to run across the entire parking lot, raising Deputy Hunt’s suspicions.
Deputy Hunt, in his clearly marked patrol car, drove toward Roberson as he continued to run. Roberson looked back at the patrol car and quickly ducked behind a tractor trailer and hid in a row of thick trees.
After waiting for a second unit to assist, Deputy Hunt located Roberson hiding in a large tree. Roberson followed commands and was safely detained for further investigation.
Roberson said he was running because a store employee was “pestering” him and the police had been called. Roberson said he didn’t have identification and verbally identified himself using another person’s name. Deputy Hunt checked the information and confronted Roberson with the obvious lie. Roberson admitted he lied because he had a warrant for his arrest.
Deputy Hunt checked Roberson’s name and found there was a confirmed felony warrant for Larceny-Theft of a Motor Vehicle. After being advised he was under arrest for the warrant, Roberson advised he had hypodermic needles in his pocket and he was a methamphetamine and heroin user.
Two clear plastic bags were found in a pocket of the jacket Roberson was carrying. The substances in the bags were individually field tested and showed presumptive positive results for methamphetamine and heroin.
Roberson said he didn’t know the drugs were inside the jacket because he just took the jacket from a friend’s house. Upon further questioning, Roberson was unable to tell Deputy Hunt where the house was located or who lived there.
Roberson was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and his warrant.