Victim Locates Stolen Vehicle, Suspect Backs into Business and Tries to Flee on Foot
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a located stolen vehicle. The suspect backed into a business wall and fled on foot in an attempt to escape. Deputies quickly caught the fleeing suspect and took him into custody. The suspect was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Hit and Run Property Damage, and Obstructing Law Enforcement. The suspect had just been released from jail by the courts (08/07/2022) on his own recognizance for charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Making/Possessing Burglary Tools.
On October 1, 2022, at approximately 8:00 pm, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a located stolen vehicle in the parking lot of McDonald’s, 15 S. Havana Street. The victim of the vehicle theft, reported on September 29, 2022, stated she found her stolen 2020 Toyota Corolla. She advised it was backed into a parking stall at McDonald’s and was occupied by a white male.
Deputy Heaney, Deputy Lederle, and Deputy A. Johnson arrived, located the vehicle, and positioned their patrol cars, with emergency lights activated, in front of the stolen vehicle to block any escape. The suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Shawn T. Marquette, placed the running car into park and backed over the curb, ramming into the wall of the business.
Marquette, realizing he couldn’t flee in the vehicle, jumped out and began running on foot east through the parking lot. Deputy Johnson quickly caught up to Marquette and took him to the ground after hitting a wooden fence. Marquette was taken into custody by the Deputies.
Marquette was advised of his rights and refused to answer questions.
The victims stated they had been looking for their stolen cars since the theft on September 29, 2022. After they located it, they called law enforcement and remained in the area until Deputies arrived. One victim stated their other vehicles were prowled on the same day of the vehicle theft. At that time, the suspect stole a backpack containing the other victim’s wallet and a key for the Corolla, which is how they believe it was stolen.
A McDonald’s employee estimated the damage to the building at approximately $10,000-$15,000.
Marquette was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Hit and Run Property Damage, and Obstructing Law Enforcement. His total bond was set at $4,000 by Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner Stine.
Marquette was just arrested on August 6, 2022, after he was found sleeping in the driver’s seat of a stolen vehicle in the 400 block of S. Thor. At that time, Spokane Police Officers charged Marquette with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Making/Possessing Burglary Tools. He was released on August 7, 2022, on his own recognizance.