6-Time Convicted Felon wearing Camo and Pouch Vest, Armed with a Stolen Firearm, Arrested for Multiple Charges
Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a suspect after a foot pursuit where he threw, what was later determined to be, a stolen handgun onto I-90. The suspect is a 6-time convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. He was also found to be in possession of 91 blue pills suspected of containing Fentanyl, cash, and stolen bankcards/ID.
On March 29, 2022, at approximately 11:45 am., Spokane Valley Deputy Michael Sullivan was checking the area of E. Broadway and N. Park Rd. for a Domestic Violence suspect when a concerned citizen flagged him down.
He told the Deputy that there was a male, dressed in camouflage, brandishing a gun at 7-11 before getting into a red van.
As Deputy Sullivan spoke with the witness, he observed a red Volkswagen van turn on Broadway, heading westbound. Deputy Sullivan got into his patrol car and initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle on Broadway, near N. Lily. The van continued to roll slowly into the dead-end in the 7100 block of E. Broadway, and the slider door opened.
A male, later identified as 22-year-old Harlan M. Jordan, emerged from the van wearing camo pants and what appeared to be a coyote-tan pouch vest, holding a silver/black pistol in his hand. Jordan seemed to be holding the handgun by the slide as the van continued to roll slowly.
Jordan suddenly began running to the north and east, toward the sound barrier wall that runs along I-90. Knowing the area, Deputy Sullivan circled around in his patrol car and noticed citizens pointing toward Jordan’s location. Deputy Sullivan drove north on Lily and could see Jordan continuing to run along the barrier wall. Deputy Sullivan used his fully marked patrol car PA system to identify himself and order Jordan to stop, but Jordan chose to continue his attempt to flee while still holding the pistol in his hand. Suddenly, Jordan threw the gun, launching it over the barrier wall and onto I-90.
When Deputy Sullivan got closer to Jordan, he exited his patrol car, drew his sidearm, and ordered Jordan to stop and get on the ground. Jordan ignored the commands and continued to run with Deputy Sullivan pursuing. Jordan decided to surrender as Deputy Sullivan closed the distance between them to a few steps. Jordan was holding a wad of cash in his hand when he was safely taken into custody with the assistance of Deputy Travis West. A knife was located during a frisk for weapons.
A check of Jordan’s name revealed felony warrants for his arrest, including charges of Robbery 1st Degree and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Jordan was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. As Deputy Sullivan explained why he was contacting Jordan, Jordan stated, “I’m a felon, and I shouldn’t have a gun.” A criminal history check confirmed Jordan was, in fact, a 6-time convicted felon (Robbery 2nd Degree, Burglary 2nd Degree, Taking a Motor Vehicle W/O Permission (2 counts), Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Attempt to Elude a Police Vehicle.
Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives responded to assist with the investigation.
Jordan admitted to knowing about a stolen ID found in his possession but claimed to have no knowledge of the stolen credit/debit cards discovered.
Deputy Woolard recovered the firearm thrown by Jordan. A serial number check showed the pistol was reported stolen during a car prowling in the City of Spokane at the beginning of the year.
Jordan was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, and Obstructing.
The van Jordan was riding in left the scene after he ran. A citizen advised responding Deputies of the van’s location, and Deputy Ruff located it near E. Cataldo Avenue and N. Park Road. With several Deputies assisting, four people associated with the vehicle were safely detained.
Three of the people detained were released without charges. The fourth person, identified as 47-year-old Jason L. Allen, was arrested for an unrelated DUI misdemeanor warrant.
The van was seized pending the issuance of a search warrant. SVIU Detectives continue to investigate.
Thankfully, no one was injured during this dangerous and rapidly changing incident.
We also thank and appreciate the assistance of several citizens who reported and assisted Deputies in locating and contacting all of these individuals.