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The original item was published from 8/15/2023 3:18:15 PM to 8/30/2023 12:00:03 AM.

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Posted on: August 15, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Defiant Juvenile Caught Spray Painting Signs/Property in Waterfront Park and Arrested

Defiant Juvenile Caught Spray Painting Signs/Property in Waterfront Park and Arrested


A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy, working extra patrols in and around Waterfront Park in Medical Lake, caught a juvenile damaging signs and other property with spray paint.  Although the juvenile suspect knew the Deputy wanted to talk to him, he ignored the Deputy, who was in a marked patrol car with emergency lights activated.   After a second Deputy arrived to assist, the suspect, also listed as a missing/runaway, was arrested after a short struggle.  He was transported and booked into the juvenile detention center.

On August 12, 2023, at approximately 2:15 pm, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy advised he observed a juvenile spray painting signs along the trail in Waterfront Park in Medical Lake.  The Deputy requested additional assistance because the suspect would not listen or stop despite commands.  

Once a second Deputy arrived, they made contact with the suspect, holding a can of black spray paint, as he sprayed paint on a power pole right in front of the assisting Deputy.  The suspect was told to stop as he walked toward the Deputy, but he ignored the command and began to struggle when the Deputies grabbed his arms to take him into custody.   Soon after, the Deputies successfully placed him in handcuffs without further incident.  

Unable to question juveniles without a lawyer’s consent, even if a juvenile’s parents/guardian is present and gives permission per Washington State law, he was not asked questions about this vandalism.  However, he did ask to be taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

The juvenile’s mother was contacted, made aware of the situation, and informed her child was okay.  She did not seem surprised when informed of his actions, stating that he knows right from wrong and what he was doing when he damaged the signs/property in the park.   

The Deputy noted that the suspect appeared “happy” to be going to juvenile detention.  Deputies observed 10-15 different items that seemed to be freshly damaged by the suspect.  A park employee estimated there were approximately $1,000 in damages.  

The juvenile suspect (14 years old) was transported and booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree, a felony.  His missing/runaway alert was changed to located in the system.     

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