Posted 10/30/2012 4:20 PM by KWESTBERG
On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at about 10:45 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy J. Thurman made a traffic stop on I-90 near Four Lakes. When Deputy Thurman asked for the driver's information, identified as 42-year-old Isidro Mendez-Ortega, Ortega provided
an Oregon State ID card and what appeared to be a fraudulent Social Security card. Deputy Thurman saw a rifle on the front passenger side floorboard. When he asked Ortega about it Ortega told him he was hunting. Due to the fact Deputy Thurman could not verify
Ortega's identity, he placed the rifle in his patrol vehicle for safekeeping.
Deputy Thurman requested assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol. While waiting, Ortega ran from his vehicle towards Silver Lake. Multiple units from multiple agencies responded to the scene and quickly set up a perimeter. Sheriff's K9 Jet and his handler located
Ortega hiding in a building behind a residence on Silver Lake Road. He was taken into custody without incident.
U.S. Border Patrol Agents are familiar with Ortega. He has been deported from the U.S. one time prior and obtained a Social Security card using fictitious information.
• Ortega was booked into the Spokane County Jail for one count of Alien Possessing a Firearm, one count of 2nd Degree Burglary and one count of resisting arrest and obstructing.