Spokane Valley Robbery Suspect Arrested
Spokane Valley Deputies and SVIU Detectives investigated a Robbery at Nom Nom on Sprague. Deputies arrested the driver of the vehicle for Robbery within an hour. Days later, an alert Spokane Valley Deputy contacted a potential suspect and developed probable cause to arrest him for Robbery.
On July 28, 2022, at approximately 5:45 am, Spokane Valley Deputy Wilbanks and Deputy Sullivan responded to the report of a robbery at 10708 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley.
The store employee (victim) stated that while attending to duties away from the sales counter, he noticed the suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Jason K. Watters, kneeling behind the counter, attempting to steal lottery tickets. The victim approached Watters and confronted him, but Watters tried to go past. A physical altercation and fight ensued when the victim attempted to stop Watters.
A witness in the parking lot provided a description of the suspect vehicle, a white PT Cruiser, and a license plate.
The victims suffered minor injuries and declined medical attention.
Deputy Korpi located the vehicle near N. Glenn Road and E. Springfield Road. Deputy Wilbanks and Deputy M. Sullivan responded to assist, and the female driver, identified as 60-year-old Lori J. Kehrer, was detained without incident.
After being advised of her rights, Kehrer agreed to answer questions. She admitted to being at the store but stated she knew nothing about a robbery. She said she saw two men fighting, and one of them (Watters) got into her car and told her to drive. She said she dropped Watters off in the parking lot across from the store.
The continued investigation established probable cause to arrest Kehrer for Robbery. She was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail, and her vehicle was seized pending a search warrant.
Reviewing the store video, Kehrer was observed driving the PT Cruiser into the store's lot and parking. Watters exits the vehicle, and Kehrer pulls the car to the back of the building while Watters enters the store. Watters appeared to place an 8-pack of Fireball Whiskey under his shirt and exit without paying. He then reenters the store after a customer gives him $1, sneaks behind the counter, and begins to take lottery tickets. When the victim tries to stop him, the whiskey and an empty pack of cigarettes fall to the ground.
The investigation was forwarded to the Spokane Valley Investigative Unit for follow-up.
SVIU Detectives Adams, Petrini, and Bakken searched the vehicle once a search warrant was obtained. They located a baggy containing a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine and a used glass pipe, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. A small unopened bottle of Fireball whiskey was also found along with other items of evidentiary value.
On August 1, 2022, at approximately 1:00 pm, Deputy M. Sullivan observed a male matching the description of Watters, and he appeared to be wearing the same style of shorts. He contacted Watters near N. Willow and E. Sprague and detained him. After advising Watters of his rights, he first denied knowing anything about the incident. After being confronted with the evidence and pictures from the surveillance video, he admitted he intended to steal from the store but not get into a fight with the clerk. He stated Kehrer only gave him a ride and didn’t know what he planned to do.
Watters was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Robbery.