Suspect tries to escape law enforcement by paddling away on a kayak

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a burglary suspect after he tried to escape the scene in a kayak.

Deputies responded to a reported burglary in the 2300 block of E. Bearz Lane in Newman Lake Tuesday morning. The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Robert S. Rehfeldt, was allegedly acting strange, as if he might have been on drugs.

When Deputies arrived, they could not find Rehfeldt.

They received another call two hours later, alleging that Rehfeldt had stolen a kayak and attempted to cross the lake with it. When they arrived, they found Rehfeldt out in the water. Deputies set up posts around the lake, preventing his escape.

The suspect then abandoned the kayak, swimming out of sight to a nearby marsh. Air 2 Helicopter and K9 Units were called to assist.

The helicopter crew spotted the man hiding in a bunch of trees, where deputies quickly found him. He became belligerent, even withstanding a taser as he tried to fight the deputies. K9 Apache was set loose on him, and he was eventually taken into custody.

He will face charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and resisting arrest.