Wanted Suspect Arrested After Biting Store Clerk
Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a female suspect after she bit the hand of a convenience store clerk while he was trying to stop her from stealing merchandise. The suspect, 27-year-old Jordan N. Yukl, was booked into jail for Robbery 2nd Degree and Harassment (Threats to Kill) in addition to a felony warrant stemming from an attempt to fill a fraudulent prescription.
On February 12, 2020, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a possible assault at the 7-11, located at 2122 N. Pines Rd. in Spokane Valley. The initial report stated a female appeared to be fighting with a male at the store before the female ran off through the parking lot.
When Deputy Rebecca Lederle arrived at the location, she observed a female, later identified as Yukl, matching the description given running north through the parking lot. Yukl appeared to be crying as she ran past Deputy Lederle yelling, “I was just assaulted!” while ignoring commands to stop.
Deputy Anandae Clark and Deputy Paul Ouimette contacted Yukl a short distance away. Yukl was fidgety, appeared nervous, and was crying hysterically, saying she “didn’t want to go to jail” and that she gave the merchandise back.
A check of Yukl’s name revealed an active felony warrant (Forgery) for her arrest.
The 7-11 employee told Deputy Lederle, he observed several items in Yukl’s coat pocket. He believed the items were store merchandise that Yukl was attempting to steal. He reviewed store video and confirmed Yukl had placed store items in her clothing to conceal them in an obvious attempt to steal the merchandise.
He confronted Yukl and told her to take the store property from her pockets. She removed a poncho and candy bars from her pockets. She denied having additional merchandise despite the employee telling her to remove the additional items she had concealed. When he reached toward her coat pockets, Yukl backed away. He explained he knew she had other items hidden in her clothes, and when he reached for her, she pushed past him in an attempt to flee.
He grabbed her wrist when she pushed him. She tried to pull away and forced her way outside before collapsing to the ground, biting the clerk’s hand, breaking the skin. She continued yelling and kicking toward the employee who was demanding the stolen merchandise. Eventually, Yukl stood up, removed items from inside her clothing, and threw them to the ground. The employee told Yukl to leave, and she ran away, screaming, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you!”
Deputy Lederle observed a wound on the victim’s hand, consistent with a bite mark. The victim stated he was worried and scared Yukl would follow through with her threat and return with a weapon or be waiting in the parking lot. He was provided medical attention for his injury.
Yukl declined to answer questions or make a statement. She was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for new felony charges of Robbery 2nd Degree and Harassment (Threats to Kill) in addition to the felony warrant for her arrest.