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K9 Laslo “Trees” One Burglary Suspect, Locates Another from Unrelated Burglary

Posted 6/18/2014 2:53 PM by MDGREGORY
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On June 18th, 2014, at about 3:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Thurman and his K9 partner Laslo responded to an Avista substation at 8307 N. Regal to assist with the search of a fleeing burglary suspect. Deputy Thurman was advised by other deputies that Avista security found two suspects inside the fenced area carrying a large spool of copper wire on a pole. The suspects dropped the wire when they realized security saw them and ran in different directions. One suspect fled northeast towards a fence. It is unknown where the second suspect ran.

After making several announcements, Deputy Thurman deployed Laslo in the area the fleeing suspect was last seen. Laslo tracked northeast towards a fence that had a small opening at the bottom. Laslo was not able to exit through the opening and tracked through a field in a northeast direction from the substation.

As Deputy Thurman and Laslo entered an area with several trees, Laslo changed his behavior, raised his nose up and started air scenting. Deputy Thurman looked up and saw 23-year-old Michael T. Namet holding onto the tree about 20-feet up the tree. Deputy Thurman ordered Namet off the tree and he complied without incident. Namet was booked into jail for 2nd Degree Burglary. The second suspect was not located.

When Deputies initially arrived in the area of Avista, Deputy Robert Satake located an unoccupied vehicle parked suspiciously near the train tracks at 8530 N. Freya. After Deputy Thurman and Laslo located Namet and units were clearing, Deputy Satake and Deputy Jerry Moffett returned to the location of the vehicle to see it was the vehicle Namet and the second, outstanding suspect arrived in. Within a few minutes, a male, later identified as 30-year-old Grant Bewick, entered the passenger side of the vehicle. Deputy Satake and Deputy Moffett contacted Bewick at the vehicle and he chose to speak with them.

Bewick told the deputies that he and 23-year-old Austin Russell had broken into T&T towing to look for items to steal. He said he and Russell saw deputies at Avista and believed deputies had been notified he and Russell had broken into T&T. Bewick said he and Russell split up and he thought it was safe to return to the car when he saw the lights on the police cars turn off.

Deputy Thurman and Laslo responded and Laslo was deployed in an attempt to locate Russell. Approximately one-quarter mile away, through two additional businesses, Laslo located Russell hiding near the North/South Corridor. Russell was taken into custody without incident. Bewick and Russell were both booked into jail for 2nd Degree Burglary.

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