Spokane Valley and Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies exercised great restraint while subduing an aggressive suspect who said he had a knife while failing to follow multiple commands. During the struggle, he pulled an illegal knife from his pocket. A second person interjected herself into the situation and was arrested for felony assault after striking one of the Deputies. The victim, who placed the original call reporting an assault, was arrested for obstructing but was later released after she was issued a criminal citation.
On August 16, 2019, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Spokane Valley and Spokane County Deputies responded to the Peking Palace, located at 11110 E. Sprague, for a reported assault.
The victim said she was assaulted by a male, who suddenly kissed her, inside the bar. Deputy Hilton and Deputy Vicini contacted the victim in the parking lot of the business along with several other individuals.
As Deputy Hilton spoke with a potential witness, he suddenly looked past Deputy Hilton, said something about stopping him, and walked away. Then, Deputy Hilton noticed an extremely large male (described as 6’10”, 320+ pounds), later identified as the suspect 23-year-old Darnai L. Vaile, walking toward Deputy Vicini and the victim. Vaile seemed agitated and appeared to have both his hands clenched into fists.
Deputy Vicini also noticed Vaile approaching with his hands balled into fists, yelling, “I want to say my side!”
Both Deputies gave Vaile multiple commands to stop and sit down, but he ignored them as he continued toward the location of the victim. With Vaile’s continued failure to follow commands and unknown intentions, the Deputies continued to try and deescalate the situation, advising Vaile to calm down. Vaile began to back away from the Deputies when he was told he would be searched for weapons.
Vaile was told to place his hands behind his back for the search, but he suddenly jammed his hand into his shorts pocket, saying, “I have a knife!” Despite several commands telling Vaile to not reach for the knife, he continued while the Deputies attempted to take control of Vaile’s hands. During the struggle, Vaile pulled an opened, switch-blade style, knife from his pocket. He continued to resist and ignore commands to get on the ground, but eventually, the knife dropped from his hand, landing a couple of feet away.
The Deputies continued their attempt to take the very large suspect to the ground and gain control of him. Arriving at the scene to assist, Deputy Criswell witnessed the struggle, Vaile’s considerable stature, and several people, who appeared hostile, standing very close to the Deputies. Due to the apparent safety concerns, he ordered the others to get back, but his commands were ignored.
Several strikes and a successful leg sweep brought Vaile to the ground, but he continued to resist the Deputies efforts to secure his hands behind his back. The crowd became increasingly hostile, yelling at the Deputies while standing extremely close. Eventually, Vaile was handcuffed.
Two females, later identified as 53-year-old Julia E. Napier and the original victim, continued to yell at the Deputies and approached within arm’s reach despite multiple commands to move away. Napier was advised she was under arrest for obstructing. She pulled away, spun, and struck a Deputy, attempting to handcuff her, in the face. Continuing to struggle and scream, she was taken to the ground, handcuffed, and advised she was being charged with Assault 3rd, a felony, in addition to misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstructing.
The second female/victim failed to follow additional commands to move back. She was arrested after several Deputies arrived on scene to assist. Later, she was extremely apologetic and provided a statement regarding the initial assault. She explained she and Napier went to the bar to sing Karaoke. They had some drinks, and she had just been introduced to Vaile. She said Vaile just leaned forward and pressed his lips hard against hers. She became angry, pushed him away as she told him that wasn’t okay and that she was calling the police. Several of Vaile’s friends pushed her out of the bar, telling her to “forget about it”. She continued to apologize saying she heard Vaile say, “I have a knife” to the Deputies as he came stomping out of the bar. She had no idea what was happening or why Vaile fought with Deputies when they tried to detain him. She was scared, and she became increasingly upset when Napier was arrested. Afraid to go back to the bar, she was issued a criminal misdemeanor citation for Obstructing, given a ride to a Napier’s residence and released.
Vaile was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. He said he was playing a stupid prank on the victim by getting close and talking quietly in her ear. As she turned toward him to hear him, their lips touched, causing her to pull away suddenly. Knowing he did something stupid, he walked outside to clear his head. When he noticed the Deputies arrive and contact the victim, he began walking toward them and failed to comply with commands to stop. He told the Deputies he had a knife in his pocket and despite hearing the Deputies’ commands (approximately 5) to not reach for the knife, he did.
Vaile was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for two felony counts of Assault 2nd Degree and misdemeanors charges of Resisting Arrest, Obstructing, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault 4th Degree. At first appearance, his bond was set at $3,000 which he posted with the assistance of a bail bonds company on August 21st and released.
Napier was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing. At first appearance, her total bond was set at $10,000, which she posted with the assistance on a bail bonds company on August 18th and released.
Corporal Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer
Spokane News covered this incident Live and it can be found HERE