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Posted on: November 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] High and Armed Suspect Pointed a Machete at Store Employee-Arrested for Intimidating/Brandishing

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High and Armed Suspect Pointed a Machete at Store Employee and was Arrested for Intimidating/Brandishing

Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of a suspect who stood in front of a store door, pulled out a machete, and pointed it at an employee trying to enter.  The male suspect was contacted a short distance away and safely detained.  A machete was found in his left boot, concealed by his pant leg.  The suspect stated he was high and thought the victim was messing with him.  He was booked into jail for Brandishing/Intimidation with a Weapon.  He was released the next day on his own recognizance by Spokane County District Court Judge J. Smith.

On November 4, 2023, at approximately 9:05 am, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a male pointing/waiving a machete at a store employee in the 5300 block of E. Sprague Avenue.  The employee provided a description of the male, who was last seen walking east from the location.    

The victim told Deputies that he arrived at the store and dropped a bag when he was walking toward the entrance.  When he picked it up, he noticed a male, later identified as 27-year-old Ivan Zenoskey, standing on the sidewalk staring at him.  Zenoskey moved directly in front of the store door, pulled out a machete from his jacket, and pointed it at the victim.  A few seconds later, Zenoskey walked away and put the machete back in his jacket.  The victim stated he believed Zenoskey was threatening him and was concerned for his safety.  

Additional Deputies located Zenoskey, matching the description provided, in front of Big 5, 5725 E. Sprague Avenue.  Zenoskey followed commands and was safely detained.  During a search of his person, a large machete was located tucked inside his left boot, concealed by his pant leg.  

Initially, Zenoskey identified himself as Mark Zolnikov, which Deputies later learned is an AKA for Zenoskey.  

After being advised of his rights, Zenoskey agreed to answer questions.  He told Deputies he was high and pointed the machete at two separate people.  When asked why, Zenoskey replied, “I thought he was (expletive) with me!”  When asked if the male actually was messing with him, Zenoskey said, “No.”

Zenoskey was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Brandishing/Intimidation with a Weapon.  He was released the following day on his own recognizance by Spokane County District Court Judge J. Smith.      

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