A Spokane Good Samaritan who helped chase down murder suspect Avondre Graham is getting his reward, after Crimestoppers reversed its decision to not give him the $1,000 reward.
While Gahl got his well-deserved reward, when he chased Graham down last summer, he wasn't thinking about money, just catching up with a guy who had just split open a woman's head with a mallet.
He called 911 and began chasing Graham, not knowing until later Graham was a murder suspect. It wasn't until the next day he learned who he had helped police arrest and it was until Friday, more than nearly 14 months later, that he finally received his $1,000 reward.
Previously, Crimestoppers had decided not to give Gahl the reward over a technicality: During the attack, he called 911, and not Crimestoppers, so they weren't going to give him the reward. The outcry on social media was tremendous, and Crimestoppers later decided to reverse its decision.
"Initially it didn't quite fit the criteria. Crimestoppers quickly realized this was a vital part of this specific investigation and you know they did the right thing and hats off to them," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.
"This is a great resource for our community so I just hope if folks didn't know about Crimestoppers before they know about it now," Chamberlin added.
Normally Crimestoppers officials don't know the names of the people they are rewarding and always pay cash in order to protect the identity of tipsters.