Suspected car prowler arrested after returning to crime scene
(The suspect threw a knife as well as stolen CDs and stolen dental
supplies at two residents who attempted to chase him down.)
SPOKANE, Wash. - A car prowling suspect was arrested Friday after returning to a rural northeast Spokane community where earlier in the day he was chased away by suspicious residents.
The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Dustin Lang, had parked near a barn off N. Jensen Rd. when the barn's owner, Jess McDonald, got a call from a neighbor alerting him to Lang's presence around 5:30 a.m.
McDonald threw on some clothes, grabbed his pistol and immediately headed out to approach Lang. McDonald said Lang didn't seem too intimidated until he saw another man approaching him from the other side.
McDonald and the other man were able to get between Lang and his car forcing him to run from the area on foot through a field. Before taking off, he threw some of the stolen items he had, including CDs and dental supplies, at McDonald and the other man.
Spokane County Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene and tried to track Lang with help of a K9 unit, but were not able to find him, however they did recover items stolen from other car prowlings that were in his car.
After a little investigation, residents found that Lang had broken into a garage and three cars in addition to McDonald's barn.
Jenna Sival's truck was one of the vehicles targeted and that's where the man got the CDs and toothpaste. Sival said the thief left behind her CD player.
Both Sival and McDonald say that residents in their rural community watch out for one another and credit the watchful eyes of residents for the suspect leaving empty handed.
"We're all watching for each other... hope it deters people from trying to come up here," said McDonald.
After deputies left, Lang came back to the scene and was spotted by a resident who kept him in sight until deputies could return and follow the witness' directions to Lang's whereabouts.
Lang did have a knife on him, but that weapon was recovered after he threw it at McDonald while fleeing from the area.
He has been charged with burglary and three counts of vehicle prowling.
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