Wanted 8-Time Convicted Felon Arrested with 2 Other Suspects at Local Motel
740+ Suspected Fentanyl Pills, Stolen Loaded Firearm, and $700+ in Cash Seized
On July 28, 2023, Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) and Spokane Valley Deputies received information regarding the whereabouts of a felony wanted suspect. The suspect was identified and located at a motel in the 6300 block of E. Broadway Avenue, where he was taken into custody. Two additional adult females were contacted and arrested for active warrants. Search warrants for the vehicle and room were obtained, resulting in the seizure of 740+ pills believed to contain Fentanyl, a stolen and loaded handgun, and over $700 in cash. All three suspects were booked into jail on their warrants as SVIU Detective continued the investigation. Additional charges and arrests are expected.
On July 28, 2023, at approximately 9:00 am, acting on information, a wanted suspect and convicted 8-time felon, 31-year-old John A. Reyes, and an adult female passenger were observed exiting a 2003 Mercedes before entering a room at the Rodeway Inn, 6309 E. Broadway Avenue. Reyes was easily identified from a distance by his extensive neck tattoo and by the “W” tattooed on his forehead.
With the assistance of Patrol Deputies in marked patrol vehicles with emergency lights activated, SVIU Detectives pulled into the parking lot as Reyes was walking back to the Mercedes. Reyes followed commands and was safely arrested for his warrants without incident.
During a search of his person, a large quantity of small clear baggies, commonly used to sell smaller amounts of illegal drugs, and a bundle of tinfoil containing another baggie with approximately 65 pills, suspected Fentanyl, were located in his pants pocket. He was advised of his rights and denied having any guns or drugs on him. When confronted with the suspected Fentanyl pills and numerous baggies found in his pocket, he claimed the pills were for “personal use” but didn’t explain the large amount of baggies. Reyes also denied being in the Mercedes, even after SVIU Detective shared their observations.
Investigators knocked on the door of the room Reyes and the female entered, but no one answered. Deputies received information regarding the person that rented the room and confirmed the female’s identity as 25-year-old Tyshina R. Hitchcock Whitworth using a previous booking photo. A check of her name revealed a fully extraditable felony Idaho warrant (original charge possession of methamphetamine)
SVIU Detectives began the process of obtaining a search warrant as continued PA announcements and phone calls were made without a response. Eventually, Deputies talked Hitchcock Whitworth into surrendering, and she was arrested as a Fugitive from Justice for her Idaho warrant.
A second female, 31-year-old Alexandria M. Main, exited at the same time, and she was detained. It is believed Main was already inside the room before the arrival of Reyes and Hitchcock Whitworth. After a check of Main’s name, she was arrested for two valid misdemeanor warrants (theft and false statements).
As the investigation continued, Detectives requested and were granted search warrants for the hotel room and the Mercedes. Investigators also learned Reyes is an 8-time convicted felon, including two convictions for Assault 2nd Degree, and prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.
SVIU Detectives recovered a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol that was reported stolen, 740+ pills believed to contain Fentanyl, over $700 in cash, electronics, and other items of evidence, which were all seized, including the Mercedes, as part of the investigation.
All three were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for their warrants.
Reyes was booked for his felony warrants (charges of Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver) and a Washington State Department of Corrections Hold. In addition to being held by DOC, his bond on the listed warrant charges was set at $75,000 by Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner J. Stine.
Hitchcock Whitworth was booked on her Fugitive charge in connection with the felony Idaho warrant. She signed waivers of extradition in court and was later released to Idaho authorities.
Main was booked for her misdemeanor theft and making false statement warrants, where she was promptly released on her own recognizance.
This remains an active investigation, and additional charges or arrests are expected.