UPDATE: Second Victim Identified, and Additional Burglary Charge Added
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a reported burglary at the El Katif Shriners Event Center and developed probable cause to charge 37-year-old Adrian I. Hernandez with Burglary 2nd Degree.
On September 26, 2023, Deputies responded to the El Katif Shriners Event Center, 7217 W. Westbow Blvd., for the report of a burglary.
After interviewing staff and viewing video surveillance, probable cause to charge Hernandez with Burglary 2nd Degree was established. The Deputy noted El Katif surveillance video showed a male wearing the same clothing Hernandez was wearing when he was arrested after entering an occupied home approximately 20 minutes later. When comparing the video footage from the two incidents, the Deputy confirmed Hernandez was believed to be the same suspect in both incidents.
An additional charge of Burglary 2nd Degree was added to Hernandez’s booking sheet at the jail.
Hernandez remains in the Spokane County Jail on the newest charge as it appears after his first appearance, he had a bond set at $2,000 by the court but later OR’d on this original charge.
Original release sent on September 26, 2023:
Homeowner Holds Suspect at Gunpoint Until Deputies Arrive and Arrest the Suspect for Residential Burglary
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a residential burglary suspect being held at gunpoint by the homeowner. When Deputies arrived, the homeowner cooperated and put the firearm down while Deputies detained the suspect. The suspect was booked into jail for Residential Burglary. Thankfully, no one was injured during this incident.
On September 25, 2023, at approximately 9:30 pm, Spokane County Deputies responded to a residential burglary in progress in the 7200 block of W. 47th Avenue. The caller stated an unknown male walked into their home, and her husband was holding the suspect at gunpoint.
Deputies arrived and observed the male victim holding the male suspect, identified as 37-year-old Adrian I. Hernandez, at gunpoint just inside the rear door of the home. As the Deputies made contact, the homeowner/victim placed the shotgun on the floor and slid it off to the side. Hernandez was safely detained without incident.
The female victim, visibly shaken and distraught, said the unknown male (Hernandez) walked into her home without knocking or asking to come in. She noted that even family and friends knock or ask first. She immediately yelled for her husband, who was close by, and he held Hernandez at gunpoint until Deputies arrived.
The male victim said he heard his wife yelling at someone inside their home, and he grabbed a pistol, responding to her. He found his wife yelling at Hernandez just inside the door of their home. He pointed the handgun at Hernandez and told him to get on the ground and place his hands behind his back. Hernandez complied, and Deputies were called. As he waited, he asked his wife to retrieve a shotgun, which she did, and he transferred to that weapon. He stated Hernandez kept saying that he was just following the lights.
Neither of the victims knew Hernandez or had ever permitted him to enter their home.
Hernandez was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. He said he lived nearby and was walking to the store. While doing so, he saw a friend that he did not know. He said the friend pointed him toward the home, and he followed the signs and moon to the residence. He knew it was wrong to go inside the house, adding he did say “hello” when he entered.
Hernandez’s statement about the house changed several times, stating he thought the house was abandoned, a friend lived there and then said he didn’t know the person who lived there.
Hernandez was informed he was being charged with Residential Burglary and was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail on that charge.
Thankfully, no one was injured during this incident, and the homeowner did not violate Washington law and was not charged.