Spokane Valley Patrol Deputies, responding to an alarm call at a closed business, observed a male leaving the area in an apparent hurry. Upon contact, the male initially lied about his identity. After learning the truth, Deputies discovered he had three felony warrants for his arrest. He was also found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and an illegal “switchblade” knife.
On July 29, 2020, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Stefan Moore and Deputy Natalie Woolard responded as a two-person patrol unit to an alarm call at the Cenex gas station located at 1421 N. Pines.
The alarm company reported the east side doors were tripped, activating an audible alarm.
As they approached from the north, they observed a male hurriedly leaving from the direction of Cenex. They contacted the male in the parking lot just to the north of the gas station.
Initially, the male said he hadn’t been at the Cenex, but quickly changed his story, explaining he thought the station was open and pulled on the door when he tried to enter. He also stated he did not hear an audible alarm.
When asked, he verbally provided the Deputies with a name and date of birth. Finding no record for the information, Deputy Moore confirmed the information and again, found no record.
Believing he was lying to avoid arrest, Deputy Woolard confronted him with her suspicion. He admitted he lied and stated his name was William. He was detained for providing false information and eventually identified by a Washington State ID card as 58-year-old William L. Cafolla. A check of his name revealed three felony warrants for his arrest (original charges of Violation of an Order and two Residential Burglary charges).
During a search after his arrest, Deputy Woolard located a plastic baggie containing a white crystalline substance, and an illegal “switchblade” spring-loaded knife in a sheathe on his hip.
The substance was field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for Methamphetamine.
A check of the gas station showed the business was closed and all the doors were secured.
Cafolla was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his warrant and new charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon-Spring Blade Knife.
Corporal Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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