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Spokane Police K-9 Captures Car-Jacking Suspect

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  On September 11, 2011, at approximately 3:28 am, Spokane Police Officer Mike Russo responded to a report of a car-jacking at the Holiday Gas Station at N. 9620 Division.  The victim was parked outside the store while his friend went inside.  The victim was then approached by the white male suspect, who pulled out a gun, ordered the victim out of the car, and then drove off in his Silver Toyota Camry.

Other officers had responded to check the area as well.  Approximately 25 minutes later, K-9 Officer Craig Hamilton spotted the stolen car traveling north on Division from Westview, right past the Holiday Gas Station.  Officer Hamilton attempted to catch up to the car as it turned east on Graves then north on Colfax.  As Officer Hamilton was catching up to the vehicle, the suspect jumped out of the still moving car and ran.  The car continued north for almost a block, and then came to a stop, striking a parked pick-up. 

Officers, including those from the Washington State Patrol, set a perimeter around the area.  Other Officers responded to Officer Hamilton's location to assist him as he tracked the armed suspect with his Police K-9, Leo. 

K-9 Leo tracked west bound and located a handgun holster in a courtyard of a nearby apartment complex.  Leo continued tracking west into Ritter's Nursery.  Inside the closed and fenced business, Leo located and apprehended the suspect hiding in some bushes.  Taken into custody was Justin S. Brown, 29 years old, from Spokane.

Officers went back to the location of the holster and were able to locate the suspect's gun, which was a .38 caliber revolver.  The victim's Camry was towed for processing of evidence, and then will be released back to the victim.  Brown was booked into the Spokane County Jail for 1st Degree Robbery, 2nd Degree Burglary, and 1st Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

By Sgt. Kevin King

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