Welfare Check/Suspicious Vehicle Concludes with the Arrest of a Wanted Felon in Possession of Homemade Explosive Devices
A Spokane Valley Deputy checked out with a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on N. Pines to check the welfare of the two occupants. The male driver initially lied about his identity, but Deputies discovered the truth and found he had a valid felony Idaho warrant for his arrest. During a search, Deputies discovered what appeared to be two altered CO2 canisters, which they believed were improvised explosives. The Spokane Regional Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) responded, confirmed the devices had explosive ability, and rendered them safe. The male was arrested for his valid felony out-of-state warrant, Possession of Explosives without a License (felony), and Making False Statements to Law Enforcement.
On August 15, 2023, at approximately 7:30 pm, Spokane Valley Deputy N. Bajric observed a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the 2500 block of N. Pines Road. Seeing an adult male driver and female passenger slumped over inside the car, he decided to conduct a welfare check.
He positioned his patrol vehicle directly behind the Subaru to contact the subjects. As he did, the male, later identified as 39-year-old Michael W. Coniconde, and the female exited the vehicle. Coniconde stated they were having mechanical problems and parked in the lot.
As they spoke, Deputy Bajric smelled what he recognized as an odor associated with illegal drug use. Coniconde stated he did not have identification but verbally identified himself, providing a name and date of birth. A Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC) dispatcher informed the Deputy that Coniconde had a possible Idaho felony warrant for his arrest, and he was detained.
After additional investigation, it was determined Coniconde lied, using a fictitious first name, and that he had a valid, extraditable felony warrant for his arrest. A search of Coniconde located a small pocketknife tucked in his shorts and a fanny pack. Inside the fanny pack, Deputies located two small CO2 containers wrapped in yellow tape with fuses sticking out of the ends.
EDU was contacted and informed of the possible explosive devices, and they responded as Deputies set up a safety perimeter.
Coniconde advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. He admitted to lying about his name, saying his Idaho Parole Officer was mad at him for missing his turn-in date for treatment causing him to believe he had a warrant for his arrest. Coniconde’s suspicions were correct, the extraditable Idaho felony Parole Violation warrant was confirmed.
As for the explosives, he said he found them in a toolbox he recently purchased at a vendor’s market. He believed they were firecrackers, comparing them to M80s, and intended to light one and see what happened.
EDU Technicians confirmed the devices had explosive capabilities, and they rendered them safe for disposal.
Coniconde was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail as a Fugitive from Justice for the Idaho warrant, Possession of Explosives without a License, and Making False Statements to Law Enforcement.
The female passenger was released without charges.