Multiple Arrest Following Robbery on Coach
Last night, Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a robbery suspect and several additional people for warrants while investigating a robbery in the 17200 block of E. Coach Avenue in Spokane Valley.
On February 6, 2017, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Spokane Valley Corporal Jeff Thurman was cut off by a recklessly driven Mustang in the area of 3rd and Coach. Corporal Thurman stopped the vehicle and contacted the adult male driver who had a large amount of blood coming from the side of his head. The driver/victim stated he had just been robbed at a residence on Coach and was hit in the head with a gun similar to an AR-15. Being very familiar with the residence noted by the victim, Corporal Thurman requested additional units to assist.
While additional patrol units began to arrive in the area, Corporal Thurman observed a black SUV, previously parked at the suspected residence, leave southbound on Coach. Corporal Thurman advised responding units of the information via his radio and Deputy Justin Palmer observed a similar vehicle appear to be fleeing the area northbound on Conklin from Sprague.
Deputy Palmer, assisted by Deputy Nathan Booth, contacted the driver, later identified as 24-year-old Jesse R. Woodward, and three other passengers in the vehicle. Woodward lives at the residence on Coach and both are well known to law enforcement. Deputy Palmer observed the butt end of a rifle lying in the cargo area of the vehicle, partially covered by clothing. The vehicle was seized pending a search warrant. Deputies developed probable cause to arrest Woodward and it was determined the other three occupants of the vehicle witnessed at least parts of the incident.
The two other males in the vehicle were released without being charged after being interviewed and their identity’s confirmed. The adult female in the vehicle originally provided a false name to deputies. After several attempts to confirm her identity were unsuccessful, she was arrested for Obstructing a Peace Officer. After she was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail, she later admitted she was 27-year-old Ashley E. Blank and had an active felony warrant for her arrest. The warrant for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle was confirmed and Blank was additionally booked for the warrant.
While assisting at the residence on Coach, Deputy Skye Ortiz contacted 56-year-old Robert G. Palomino and arrested him for an active felony Washington Department of Corrections warrant. Deputy Ortiz also contacted 21-year-old Brittney E. Duross who was found to have an active misdemeanor warrant for Criminal Trespass 1st Degree. Both were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
The victim was transported by Deputy Spencer Rassier to a local hospital for treatment. While at the hospital, he stated he received a Facebook message from a female named “Brittany”. The victim picked up Brittany and some of her friends. He drove Brittany and her friends to a fast food restaurant and pulled out a large amount of cash (he estimates $1,300-1,500) to pay for the food. The victim stated most of the people in the group he was with observed the bundle of money. After getting the food, he drove them to the residence on Coach. Later he was sitting alone in the back of the residence when he was approached by a large group of males and females. One of the males, later identified as Woodward, pointed an AR-15 style rifle at the victim while telling him to give him the money or the victim would be killed. When the victim stood up, Woodward hit him in the head with the butt end of the rifle. The victim reached into his pocket and pulled out a bundle of money, approximately $1,300-$1,500, and held it out. After someone grabbed the money, the victim pushed his way out of the room and left the residence.
Woodward was charged with Robbery 1st Degree. During a search incident to his arrest, $410 (three $100, one $50 and three $20) was located in his right front pocket. Woodward stated he earned the money working and denied committing the robbery.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence and the vehicle. At this time, a total of over $800 in cash, drug paraphernalia, and BB gun, have been recovered. This incident continues to be investigated and no additional information is available.