Man arrested in connection with Geiger escape

SPOKANE, Wash. - Authorities arrested a man Tuesday night on charges of rendering criminal assistance to an inmate who escaped Geiger Corrections Center last weekend.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Charles Fife, 38, at a home in the 800 block of South Adams Tuesday evening.

As authorities arrived at the residence Tuesday, Fife saw them approach and ran into the residence. Not knowing if escaped inmate Michael Wheeler was inside with Fife, officers set a perimeter up around the house.

Two women left the house and, after making several announcements, Fife left the residence. Officers then announced they would be sending in K9s to search the residence and a fourth person came out.

The home was subsequently searched and no one else was found inside.

The two women and man who were in the house with Fife were released. Fife, however, was arrested on charges of rendering criminal assistance, obstructing a peace officer and a Department of Corrections hold.

Wheeler remains at large. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for information leading to Wheeler's arrest. Persons with information about him can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip via their website at  www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.