Two suspects arrested for string of purse-snatching incidents
On 02-18-18, SPD patrol officers located a suspect vehicle in the string of purse-snatch robbery incidents. The vehicle was located near the 600 Block of E Houston Ave in Northeast Spokane. Patrol Officers, as well as Officers with the Police Anti-Crime Team (PACT), were able to detain two suspects, and a subsequent search warrant at a nearby residence was executed. Property taken from the incidents was located during the course of the investigation.
18 year-old Katie Kinney, and 20 year-old Trystan Clark are both in-custody for four counts of robbery (2 counts robbery 1st degree, 2 counts robbery 2nd degree). Additional charges may be forthcoming.
SPD is continuing to investigate, which includes determining if additional persons were involved, and if there are any other related incidents.
SPD is committed to protecting the public from criminal acts which jeopardize the safety of our community.
Officer N. Briggs #1177
Original press release:
SPD requesting public assistance regarding multiple purse-snatch robbery incidents.
SPD is currently investigating three purse snatching/robbery incidents that have occurred this afternoon, 02-17-18, at various locations in the City. In the three incidents a silver Pontiac G6 vehicle drives next to a female victim as she walks in a parking lot, and an occupant of the vehicle grabs the victims purse. All three incidents have involved a physical struggle as the victim attempts to retain their property, and at least one victim fell to the ground and was nearly run over.
Current information is that the suspect vehicle is occupied by three white male suspects. The suspects appear to circle parking lots for several minutes prior to choosing a victim.
One incident occurred at the 6500 block of N Nevada St, another at the 9200 block of N Nevada St, and most recently at the 4900 block of S Regal. The incident locations have all been retail stores with large parking lots.
Anyone with information about the incidents or the suspects is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
SPD is actively working to identify and apprehend the suspects.
SPD wants everyone to be safe, please be vigilant of your surroundings, park in lighted areas if possible, and report behavior that appears suspicious.
Incident numbers: 2018-20031336, 2018-20031284, 2018-20031289.
Officer N. Briggs #1177
Officer Nick Briggs | Patrol Team 9/SWAT/Defensive Tactics Instructor/FTO/PIO/Criminal Law instructor |
Spokane Police Department