Fresh prints in snow lead police to arrest crime spree suspect

Fresh prints in snow lead police to arrest crime spree suspect

Spokane police arrested a man on multiple felony charges Friday morning after a crime spree that began in the 2500 block of east 8th Ave. and ended in the 16900 block of east Nora.

Just after 5 a.m. Friday, Spokane police responded to a report of a burglary in the 2500 block of east 8th. Police learned that 31-year-old Darrell S. Myers had come through a back door of the home and then confronted the homeowner, demanding the keys to their vehicle. Myers claimed he was suicidal and that the police were after him. The victim handed over the keys out of fear for their safety and that of their family members.

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

About 15 minutes later, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle crash in the 1700 block of North Arc in Green Acres. The vehicle had crashed in the front yard of a residence, and the suspect was running west on Nora. Officers learned the vehicle was the same vehicle that had been stolen from the victim earlier.

Multiple agencies responded to the area, trying to locate the suspect. Officers later were informed of another call of a male who broke into an occupied residence in the 16900 block of East Nora. Spokane police officers arrived and took the suspect, Myers, into custody.

Spokane police transported and booked Myers into the Spokane County Jail for first degree burglary, second degree robbery, and theft of a motor vehicle.

Spokane Valley Deputies are still contacting witnesses and victims, and evidence surrounding the incidents. Additional burglary and hit and run charges are expected.