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Suspect Found Hiding in a Trunk

Posted 11/6/2012 1:21 PM by MDGREGORY

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies working with the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force developed information on a possible wanted suspect, 27-year-old Justin R. Brown. Brown was wanted in Idaho for multiple felony charges and was believed to be in the area of Third Avenue and Freya in Spokane.

When Brown was observed getting into a vehicle as a passenger, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies, joined by units from the Spokane Police Department, conducted a traffic stop near Sprague and Havana a few minutes after midnight on Friday November 2nd.

During the traffic stop, the suspect was not located inside the passenger compartment although he was observed getting into the vehicle prior to the stop. It was determined Brown must have crawled into the trunk via the backseat sometime after he entered the vehicle or just prior to the traffic stop.

The trunk release switch was activated from inside the vehicle however, the trunk did not open. Believing Brown was holding the trunk closed, several orders to exit the vehicle and warnings a SPD K9 would be used were given.

Brown eventually allowed the trunk to open and he was taken into custody. He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony Fugitive from Justice charge.

This is a great example of our local law enforcement agencies working together to find and arrest suspects as they work to keep our communities safe.