Deputies, Assisted by K9 Laslo, Arrest 3 Suspects for Several Charges
On August 4th, 2015, Spokane Valley Sheriffâ€™s Deputies arrested 3 suspects for several felony charges, to include Assault 2nd, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, when they responded to a person with a weapon call at 10101 East Main in Spokane Valley.
The incident began just after 11:00 p.m., when a victim called and reported she was sitting outside her apartment and a male suspect pulled out a silver handgun, pointed it at her as he cocked it, and threatened her before leaving the area in a white Land Rover with a female and second male.
Several minutes later, Deputy Jeff Thurman located the suspect vehicle in the area of 6th and Eastern.Â Several additional deputies responded to assist Deputy Thurman and his partner, K9 Laslo.Â One of the males, later identified as 35-year-old Jason M. Tittman, fled on foot from the vehicle but was quickly apprehended by K9 Laslo and Deputy Thurman, with the assistance of Deputy Andrew Richmond.
The driver, 28-year-old Andrew V. Auerbach, and the female passenger, 27-year-old Nicole L. Allen, were ordered from the vehicle and detained without incident.
The suspects were advised of their rights and agreed to talk with deputies about the incident.
Auerbach told Deputy Nguyen he was at the apartments with Allen and Tittman.Â He said he argued with a â€œdrunk ladyâ€ and decided to leave.Â He denied seeing or displaying a gun.
Allen said she heard loud yelling outside the apartment she was in, but didnâ€™t know what the yelling was about.Â She stated she owns a silver handgun which was in her purse where it had been the entire evening.
Tittman told Deputy Richmond he and Auerbach got into an argument with a female at the apartments.Â Tittman said he heard the female say something about him having a gun and she was calling the police.Â He knew he had a Department of Corrections (DOC) warrant for his arrest and he wanted to leave before deputies arrived.Â Tittman did not know why the female thought he had a gun.Â He said he ran from the vehicle, even though he heard Deputy Thurman order him to stop, because of the warrant and he didnâ€™t want to go back to prison.Â When Deputy Richmond advised Tittman of his charges, Tittman began yelling and slamming his head on the window and partition of the patrol car.Â He also tried to slip his handcuffs from his back to the front on the way to jail as he continued yelling obscenities.
A search warrant was obtained for Auerbachâ€™s vehicle.Â Deputies recovered a handgun and illegal drugs during this active and ongoing investigation.Â Deputies also learned Auerbach is an 11 time convicted felon and Tittman is a 12 time convicted felon.
Tittman was booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Cocaine, Assault 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Obstructing and Resisting Arrest.Â He was also booked for the valid DOC warrant.
Auerbach was booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Cocaine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree.
Allen was booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Heroin and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Cocaine.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer