Male Carrying Bat Threatens, Runs & Fights with Deputies
Sunday morning Spokane Valley Deputies investigated a citizen’s report of a suspicious male who was carrying a baseball bat, pacing back and forth, and walking in and out of the roadway near the intersection of Pines and Sprague. When contacted, the male walked toward the Deputy, and raised the bat as if he planned to swing it at him before he turned and ran. Deputies eventually located the male in a nearby neighborhood and took him into custody after he resisted and fought their efforts.
On March 18, 2018 at approximately 8:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious male who was carrying a baseball bat, pacing back and forth, and walking in and out of the roadway near the intersection of Pines and Sprague.
When Deputy Tim Jones attempted to contact the male, later identified as 58-year-old Kevin R. Alexander, Alexander made eye contact and continued to advance toward Deputy Jones. With Alexander closing the distance between them, Deputy Jones told Alexander to stop several times but Alexander continued. Now, approximately 15 yards away and still ignoring commands to stop, Alexander raised the bat with both hands and appeared to get ready to swing the bat and assault Deputy Jones.
Additional commands to stop were ignored. Alexander then turned and began walking south across Sprague. Deputy Jones continued to give commands to stop as Alexander, still armed with the bat, began to run toward the south side of Sprague and the occupied businesses.
In the alleyway behind the businesses, Deputy Jones lost sight of Alexander and additional Deputies responded to the area and began to search for him.
When located, Alexander continued to ignore commands as he fled through carports, backyards and jumped fences, but he was eventually confronted by Deputy Schaum and Deputy Melton in the yard of a residence in the 400 block of S. Houk.
With additional patrol units arriving at the location to assist, Alexander stopped running and turned toward Deputy Schaum, still holding the bat still in his hand. Deputy Schaum, with his baton deployed, ordered Alexander to drop the bat; he complied but failed to follow additional commands. Alexander attempted to flee again but before he could make it to a fence, Deputy Schaum grabbed his arm and brought him to the ground as Deputy Melton and Deputy Jones assisted while Alexander fought their efforts to gain control and place him in handcuffs. At one point, Alexander grabbed ahold of the baton as the Deputies worked to maintain control of his arms as they struggled on the wet and muddy ground.
Deputies finally gained control of Alexander after delivering strikes, removed the baton from his grasp, and placed him in handcuffs.
Alexander was provided medical attention prior to being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Assault 3rd Degree (attempted).
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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