Suspect Arrested for Attempted Kidnapping 2nd Degree
Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives identified and arrested the suspect they believe attempted to kidnap a victim inside a store last week. Detectives discovered the possible identity of the suspect through their investigation. SVIU Detectives, with the assistance of Spokane Valley Patrol Deputies and Liberty Lake Police Officers, located the suspect and took him into custody without incident.
On October 14, 2020, at approximately 5:40 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Van Patten contacted an adult female victim reporting a possible kidnapping.
The victim explained, earlier in the day, she went shopping at Fred Meyer, located at 15609 E. Sprague. When she entered the store with her toddler, she observed a male walking in front of her. She noticed the male because he walked the wrong way through the check stand, and an employee asked him not to enter that way.
She described the male as 50-60 years of age, 5’07”-5’09”, with a thin build, brown hair and eyes, wearing a hat, jeans, and a black puffy motorcycle-style jacket with round military-style patches on it.
As she shopped, she continually noticed the male paralleling her in adjacent aisles. He seemed to be keeping her in view and stared at her while she shopped.
As she approached the check stand, the suspect, later identified as 54-year-old Natoine E. Lively, walked up to her and grabbed her by the arm. Lively pulled on her arm, telling her to go with him. The victim said no and told Lively not to touch her. The victim explained she did not know what Lively’s intentions were, and she was fearful for her safety and the safety of her child.
Lively made additional statements while continuing to stare at the victim.
A store cashier witnessed the incident and motioned for the victim to come over to her check stand in an effort to help protect the victim and her child. The employee asked if she was okay, but the victim was terrified, noting Lively was still standing close to her, staring. As she paid for the items, Lively said, “I could have gotten you if I wanted to.” and walked away, exiting the store.
The employee walked the victim and her child to the victim’s car to help ensure her safety. The victim observed Lively standing near an older purple/maroon Toyota truck. She also observed a white female, approximately 30-40 years old, exit the driver’s side of the truck. The female was tall, with an average build, blond hair, and she was wearing a jacket similar to Lively’s.
Deputy Van Patten obtained store surveillance video of the incident and the parking lot. She obtained a possible partial license plate number for the Toyota and observed a distinctive sticker on the tailgate, “Rock”.
Deputy Van Patten also spoke with the store employee, who provided a statement that corroborated the victim’s account.
SVIU Detective Mosher continued the investigation. After watching the store video footage coupled with the information provided by Deputy Van Patten, he identified a possible suspect vehicle, a maroon 2005 Toyota Tundra, which was registered to Lively. He also obtained a more detailed description of the suspect noticing he was wearing a dark-colored baseball-style hat with letters on the front, a dark-colored jacket with multiple patches on the back/sleeves, and what appeared to be a name stitched on the upper right front side. He also wore sunglasses with what appeared to be chrome arms, black headphones with white letters on top, a lighter colored facemask, and bright red tennis shoes.
Detective Mosher learned Lively also matched the suspect's description, had a local history of other harassment type incidents in the Liberty Lake area, and he was the subject of orders of protection. Lively also goes by the name “Rock” which coincides with the sticker on the back of his vehicle, “Rock 27”.
After talking with Liberty Lake Police, it was believed Lively was still in the general area of Liberty Lake.
On October 21, 2020, SVIU Detective Eaton notified Detective Mosher, Lively’s vehicle was located, and Liberty Lake Police Officers conducted a traffic stop of the truck. Lively, who was wearing black headphones with white letters on top, was detained.
Lively’s vehicle was seized pending a search warrant. Lively’s travel trailer, which was secured at a separate location, is also pending a search warrant.
Lively was transported to the Spokane Valley Precinct. The letters on his headphones said, “Rock 27”. He was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. He stated he didn’t recall the exact incident but admitted he had been to that Fred Meyers a couple of times in the last few weeks. He denied being there on the date of the incident, October 14, 2020.
When Lively was shown the pictures taken from the store surveillance during and around the time of the incident, Lively replied something similar to, that is the Rock right there, referring to himself in the third person. He agreed the shoes, coat, and Dolphins facemask were all his, along with the headphones he always wears to share the gospel with those that will listen.
Lively said the jacket was made for him to show all the awards he earned during his military career, stating it was only one of possibly five ever made in the United States.
Lively was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempted Kidnapping 2nd Degree. A search warrant was obtained for Lively’s Toyota and travel trailer. The clothing items observed in the store video were located, along with a receipt from that specific Fred Meyer showing the date of October 14, 2020, at the time of the incident.