Four Robbery Suspects In Custody After SWAT Standoff In Mead - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Four Robbery Suspects In Custody After SWAT Standoff In Mead

MEAD, Wash. - Four people are in custody after a SWAT standoff Friday morning at an apartment complex in Mead.

According to KHQ's Jennifer Rohrer, it began at 2:30 a.m. after authorities received a tip that suspects in an alleged robbery off a woman Thursday on the South Hill around 9 p.m. were inside an apartment in the Forest Creek Apartments at 13110 N. Addison, near Highway 395, not far from the Wandermere Shopping Center.    

At 9:30 a.m. authorities attempted to use tear gas to force the suspects from their apartment, but it was unsuccessful, so they used a K-9 unit to force the suspects out.    

Several residents in the complex were evacuated, police told KHQ's Jennifer Rohrer at the scene, and other residents were not allowed to enter the complex for several hours.

As a precaution, several school children in the area were escorted to the bus stop by police officers.   

*** SPD Press Release ***

On December 1, 2011, at 8:45 p.m., Spokane Police Officer Cory Lyons responded to an assault report at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Ofc. Lyons spoke with a 22 year old female, who said she had been assaulted by three suspects in the area of 1300 South Southeast Blvd. The suspects hit her repeatedly, choked her unconscious, stole a few personal items, and drove off. She was able to knock on the door of a house nearby, the homeowner immediately rendered aid.

The victim provided Ofc. Lyons with a vehicle and suspects description, that led him to the suspect's apartment at 13110 N. Addison, the Forest Creek apartments. Ofc. Lyons located the suspect vehicle which contained some of the victim's property.

At 2:30 a.m., Ofc. Lyons, Ofc. Van Tassel, Ofc. Douville, and Reserve Officer Gobble attempted to make contact at the suspect's apartment. Officers were looking for the tenant, Bobby Decaney (11/19/76) and his accomplice, Maceo L. Williams (9/25/84). Both have misdemeanor warrants as well as facing felony charges of 1st degree Robbery and 2nd degree Assault.

When the suspects refused to answer the door, officers secured the area and called for assistance from the Spokane Violent Crimes Gang Enforcement Team (SVCGET) to obtain a search warrant for the apartment.

Officers began contacting neighboring apartments and evacuating the area. Apartment managers were extremely helpful and cooperative in providing misplaced tenants with shelter; as well as a warm place for a command post for SPD personnel (and coffee and cookies!).

Meanwhile, SPD SWAT and Crisis Negotiators responded and attempted to convince Decaney and Williams to surrender. By 9am, SWAT inserted chemical agents in to the suspect apartment. A short time later, Ofc. Kendall inserted his K9 Stryder to the apartment, where the dog made contact with Ducaney, who was hiding in the couch. Ducaney fought with the dog until officers were able to take him into custody.

Michael J. Hall (6/25/86) and Nicole M. Coffey (5/15/84) were also inside the apartment, refusing to cooperate with police. They were both taken into custody.

The SVCGET has taken the lead on the investigation; and will determine appropriate criminal charges for each suspect.