Armed Domestic Violence Suspect Located and Arrested for Felony Harassment-Threats to Kill
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a reported domestic violence with a weapon call in the 13500 block of E. 6th Avenue in Spokane Valley. From information learned at the scene, gained from the victim and witnesses, Deputies developed probable cause to arrest the suspect for felony Harassment-Threats to Kill. He was located a short time later on the Appleway Trail near S. Pines Road. Deputies found throwing knives, a pocketknife, and a realistic-looking BB gun in his possession.
On November 3, 2023, at approximately 9:35 pm, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a domestic violence with a weapon call in the 13500 block of E. 6th Avenue. The caller said the male suspect threatened to stab the victim and that he was in possession of knives. The suspect assaulted the victim and has made past statements to kill law enforcement.
Deputies arrived at the scene and learned the suspect, 45-year-old Lani K. Havaas, had left the location and was in possession of multiple knives and claimed to be in possession of a gun in the past.
Deputies learned through the victim and witness statements that Havaas pushed the victim, who she is in a dating relationship with, and began yelling at her. During this incident, Havaas said, “I’ll stab you and kill your family!” adding, “Try me; I have nothing to lose.”
Witnesses reported hearing similar threats. The victim stated she believed Havaas’ threats were credible and that he has made comments about killing people and law enforcement in the past. Although she knows Havaas has multiple knives and told her in the past that he had a firearm with “one round in the chamber,” he did not use or display any weapon during this incident.
At approximately 10:30 pm, Havaas was located on the Appleway Trail, east of S. Pines Road. He followed the Deputies’ commands and was safely taken into custody. During a search of Havaas, a pocketknife was located, and when his belongings were searched, Deputies located three throwing knives and a realistic-looking BB gun.
Havaas invoked his right to remain silent and not answer questions. He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony Harassment-Threats to Kill. He remains in jail with a $5,000 bond set by Spokane County Superior Court Judge T. Fennessy.