SWAT Team Utilized to Safely Take a Multi-Time Convicted Felon into Custody
Spokane Valley Deputies and the SWAT Team worked together to locate and safely arrest a multi-time convicted felon on new charges stemming from an incident that took place earlier in the day. A second person was also contacted and arrested for a valid felony Idaho warrant.
On September 9, 2023, at approximately 3:05 pm, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the 12700 block of E. 3rd Avenue for a malicious mischief call involving a suspect armed with a baseball bat.
Deputies learned the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Dwayne J. Tolbert, shattered the back window of the victim’s vehicle with a baseball bat.
Through the investigation, it appears this incident began earlier in the day when the victim confronted a female, later identified as 31-year-old Brandy G. Fry and believed to be Tolbert’s girlfriend, about some money she owed him. During that contact, an argument between Fry and the victim ensued, and the victim left.
Later, Tolbert went to the victim’s apartment, entered without knocking or permission, and began yelling the victim’s name. When the victim moved to his front room, he saw Tolbert standing inside his apartment, holding a metal baseball bat by his side. They argued about the debt and the earlier incident, which ended with the victim telling Tolbert to leave. Tolbert held the bat above his head and threatened the victim before he left the location.
Once outside, Tolbert put on a gold mask, walked over to the victim’s vehicle, and smashed the back window with the bat before leaving on foot.
Deputy Blaakman later identified the suspect as Tolbert as the investigation continued. He developed probable cause to charge Tolbert with Burglary 1st Degree, Harassment-Weapon Involved, and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree.
Deputy Blaakman began to surveil Tolbert’s residence and observed him arrive in a vehicle and enter the home in the 13300 block of E. 4th Avenue. With Tolbert being a multi-time convicted felon and known to be armed in the past, a perimeter was established around the residence. PA announcements were given, instructing Tolbert to surrender peacefully and exit the home with his hands up. Tolbert ignored the commands and refused to exit, leading to the request for a search warrant and the SWAT Team’s assistance due to Tolbert’s habitual and violent past.
With a valid search warrant granted and SWAT Team members arriving as continued commands and advisories were given, Tolbert finally surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Fry also surrendered, and a check of her name revealed a valid Kootenai County felony warrant for her arrest.
Tolbert and Fry were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail. Tolbert was charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Harassment-Weapon Involved, and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree. Fry was booked as a Fugitive from Justice for her Idaho Felony Warrant.