SCSO looking for victim who reported being held at gunpoint

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help finding a victim who was held at gunpoint in a road rage incident.

A deputy was traveling south on Argonne Road near Trent Avenue when a man flagged down the deputy. The man, driving a red car, told the deputy that another man, later identified as 32-year-old Nathan H. Arguello, pointed a gun at him.

The deputy drove after the suspect, who was driving a black Buick Enclave, and conducted a traffic stop on the I-90 entrance ramp from Mullan. When contacting Arguello, he admitted to getting into a verbal altercation with another driver but had no physical contact with them. Arguello denied pointing a gun at the victim or even owning one.

Arguello had an active Washington State Department of Corrections felony warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident. Deputies found a loaded pistol magazine where he was seated, saying it belonged to his ex.

A second loaded magazine was found in between the driver’s seat and the center console. When the deputy got into the glovebox, Arguello did not want him to search anymore after giving consent for a search.

After seizing the vehicle via a search warrant, deputies found out Arguello was a convicted felon, having two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree robbery.

On Tuesday, the deputy and Spokane Valley Investigative Units Detectives searched and found a semi-automatic handgun in the glove box that was reported as stolen in Kootenai County last summer. They also found a controlled substance in the car.

Arguello was booked in the Spokane County Jail for his felony warrant, along with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

The deputy is asking to speak with the victim who flagged him over. He was driving a red two-door hatchback, possibly a red Honda, Volkswagen, or similar vehicle that had been modified. He has dark, shoulder-length hair and is unshaven.

Anyone with information is asked to call the deputy at 509-934-7841.