SPD: Attempted robbery suspect jumped from roof to roof in downtown Spokane, now in custody

Lincoln Closure

SPOKANE, Wash. — The suspect in a downtown Spokane attempted robbery has been taken into custody.

According to Police, 28-year-old Christopher D. Smith was fighting with a woman who had a domestic violence no-contact order against him. Neighbors at the residence called police to report the robbery.

Officers temporarily blocked Lincoln from Riverside to Sprague, and are now working to reopen the area.

Officer John O’Brien said the male suspect reportedly tried to steal a woman’s purse. As police responded, he ran away and climbed onto the roofs of several downtown buildings.

The SWAT Team, hostage negotiators and K9 units were called to assist.

O’Brien said he was jumping from roof to roof for a period of time, but officers were able to arrest him peacefully.

Smith was booked into the Spokane County Jail for several domestic violence charges including felony violation of a no-contact order, second-degree robbery, first-degree arson, residential burglary, first-degree burglary and malicious mischief.

Police say the residence has been called to frequently, and Smith has several domestic violence no-contact order violations.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please consult the following resources:

**If you are in immediate danger, call 911**