Fresh prints in snow help lead police to crime spree suspect

Fresh prints in snow help lead police to crime spree suspect

Spokane police arrested a man on multiple felony charges Friday morning after he broke into two homes and stole a car.

Just after 5 a.m. Friday, Spokane police responded to a report of a burglary in the 2500 block of East 8th Ave. Police learned that 31-year-old Darrell S. Myers had entered a home through a sliding door.

The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, said he woke up after his dogs started barking and noticed a stranger inside his living room. Myers claimed he was suicidal and that the police were after him – he demanded that keys to the homeowner’s car. The victim handed over the keys, fearing the safety of his wife and two young children.

Officers arriving on scene were unable to find Myers, but saw footprints leading to the victim’s back door. Myers had also given the victim his name, so officers were able to identify him as a suspect.

About 15 minutes later, Myers crashed the stolen car in the 1700 block of North Arc in Green Acres, according to the police report. Myers was seen running from the crash near the 16900 block of East Nora Nora Ave where he broke into another occupied home. Several Officers and Deputies from multiple agencies (Spokane Valley Police, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Police Department, Liberty Lake Police Department) responded and located Myers.

Once in custody, police matched Myers’ shoes to the footprints found in the snow.

Spokane police transported and booked Myers into the Spokane County Jail for first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, and theft of a motor vehicle. Police say additional charges of burglary and hit and run are expected.