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Tarzan Found In Garbage Can

Posted 2/11/2013 2:39 PM by KWESTBERG

On February 9, 2013, at 3:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Juan Rodriguez was patrolling the area of 16th and McDonald when he observed a vehicle pass by him with a broken tail light lens. Deputy Rodriguez turned his patrol car around to stop the vehicle but was unable to locate it in the area.

Deputy Rodriguez traveled east on 12th and noticed the vehicle parked on the south side of 12th east of McDonald. Deputy Rodriguez activated his overhead emergency lights and to his surprise found two occupants hunkered down inside the vehicle.

Deputy Rodriguez first contacted the adult female driver. While asking why they were parked on 12th, he saw the passenger, later identified as 28-year-old Jason Brioso, slowly open the passenger side door. Deputy Rodriguez ordered him to close the door but Brioso refused to listen.

Brioso attempted to step out of the vehicle. Deputy Rodriguez ran to the passenger side door and ordered Brioso to remain inside the vehicle. Brioso was standing outside the passenger side front door when Deputy Rodriguez contacted him.

Brioso was holding a black bag and he pushed Deputy Rodriguez in the chest in an attempt to get around him. Deputy Rodriguez told Brioso he was under arrest and Brioso dove into the front seat of the vehicle, in an attempt to flee, dropping the black bag on the front passenger floorboard.

Deputy Rodriguez attempted to hold on to Brioso's feet but was able to kick himself free and run from the driver's side of the vehicle. Deputy Rodriguez gave chase, again yelling at Brioso that he was under arrest. Deputy Rodriguez lost Brioso near the 13200 block of E. 11th after running through several yards.

Several other units responded to the scene including Spokane Police Department Officer D. Lesser and his K-9 partner Rav. Officer Lesser and Deputy Rodriguez began to track near the last place Deputy Rodriguez saw Brioso. During the track they located a shoe next to a chain link fence. A short distance later another shoe, one sock and a pair of pants were located. Deputy Rodriguez noticed fresh footprints on a frost covered deck, blood marks on the deck railing and a black jacket on the roof next to the chimney. Deputy Rodriguez got on the roof and was able to follow the footprints across the roof next to a tree. Deputy Rodriguez could tell, from the broken branches on the tree, that Brioso had jumped onto the tree and broke several limbs on his way to the ground.

Officer Lesser announced he had located Brioso hiding in a garbage bin near the 13200 block of East 10th. Brioso was shivering from the cold and was not wearing pants, socks or shoes in the 20-degree weather. Medics came to the scene and cleared Brioso to be booked into jail.

After returning to the vehicle, Deputy Rodriguez located a semi-automatic Ruger .380 handgun inside the black bag Brioso was holding. After checking the serial number on the gun it was determined it had been reported stolen on January 17, 2013 in the City of Spokane. There was also a considerable amount of white crystalline powder inside the bag that field tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. There was a shaved Honda key inside the bag along with possible stolen debit cards. It was also determined Brioso had several felony convictions on his record and an active felony warrant for dangerous drugs in Idaho.

Brioso was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the following charges:

• Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine)
• Possession of a Stolen Firearm
• Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
• Making or Having Motor Vehicle Theft Tools
• Resisting Arrest
• Obstructing
• Third-Degree-Assault
• Fugitive Hold out of Idaho for Dangerous Drugs (Felony Warrant)