Deputies Rescue Sex Crimes Suspect From Burning Home - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deputies Rescue Sex Crimes Suspect From Burning Home

SPOKANE, Wash. - Despite being threatened with a knife and home-made flame thrower, four deputies forced their way into a burning mobile home early Wednesday and rescued a suicidal sex crimes suspect.

The suspect was treated at a local hospital and then booked into the Spokane County Jail on felony counts of First-Degree Arson and First-Degree Child Molestation.

Deputies were called to the suspect's Chattaroy home about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday by his 15-year-old son who told 911 that his father had raped his 11-year-old sister Tuesday evening and was now threatening to commit suicide.

Deputies Marc Melville and Samson Palmer arrived and could hear yelling coming from inside the home at 34100 N. Newport Highway.  Sheriff's dispatchers called inside and tried to talk the man out.

Instead, the suspect sent the three children, 11, 15 and 17, out the front door. While the deputies watched, the suspect took a cigarette lighter and aerosol can of some type and began setting fire to curtains, cabinets and blinds inside the kitchen and living area.

By now, Deputies Rob Satake and Daryl Smith had arrived.  The suspect began waving the burning aerosol can at the deputies and they could see he had picked up a knife.  The flames were becoming more intense, and it was unknown if there were other potential victims inside.

Satake held a screen door open while Melville kicked in the main door.  The suspect then backed into the interior, still holding the knife and waving the flame thrower.  When he refused to drop the weapons, Satake used his taser to gain compliance. 

The deputies handcuffed the suspect and dragged him from the burning interior.  Smith began pulling down burning drapes in the living room while Satake began filling pans with water.  The two extinguished as much of the fire as they were able, then conducted a sweep of the trailer.

They found no other occupants, but two dogs cowering under a bed in a back room.  Firefighters were summoned to fully control the fire from flaring back up.

The deputies determined that man had consumed a large amount of pain medications and he was transported to a downtown hospital for treatment before being booked into jail. 

Sex crimes detectives were summoned to interview the children who were then released into the custody of a grandparent.  Their mother is reportedly on the road as a long-haul truck driver.

Investigation of the matter is ongoing.

KHQ is choosing not to identify the names involved to protect the children.

 

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