Suspect Said He Had No Knowledge of Standoff: 'I Was Asleep' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Suspect Said He Had No Knowledge of Standoff: 'I Was Asleep'

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Twenty-four hours after Ryan Lancaster's actions sent two Spokane Valley schools into lock down and sparked a three hour standoff with police and SWAT, he told KHQ that he didn't even realize a standoff was going on.

In a jailhouse interview, Lancaster, 39, told KHQ that he was sleeping while Spokane County Sheriff's Officers and SWAT team members surrounded the home he was in on the 12000 block of East Valleyway.

"I fell asleep there and I don't know how much time passed but I woke up and I heard them shouting my name," Lancaster said. "And I'm like 'What's going on?"

Once he realized what was happening, Lancaster said he came outside without incident and safely ended the three standoff in Spokane Valley Wednesday.

On Thursday, Lancaster made his first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court on several felony charges including Robbery in the 1st Degree (Domestic Violence), two counts of Assault in the 2nd Degree, Theft in 2nd Degree (Domestic Violence),  and Possession of Methamphetamine, and was ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

Authorities said the incident began Wednesday at 2:30pm, when police were called to a disturbance at Lancaster's ex-girlfriend's apartment on the 11900 block of East Broadway Ave.  In jail, Lancaster said he's been seeing Teresa Roe on-and-off for the last two years. Despite what authorities say, Lancaster said the pair were still a couple. Either way, Lancaster said what began as a small argument got way out of hand.
 
"This is between me and my girlfriend; it wasn't between anybody else that had to get involved," Lancaster said.
 
The 39-year-old said he went over to Roe's apartment for one reason:

"She had owed me some money," he said. "She had just gotten her income tax back."

In the apartment, an argument quickly ensued. Court documents say Roe packed Lancaster's bag and gave it to him.  Lancaster said he never got physical or made any threats but authorities tell a different story. According to court documents, Roe told authorities that Lancaster picked up a BB gun, which he found inside the packed bag, and tried to fire it at her. At that point, Roe believe the gun jammed. Investigators confirmed it was a BB gun.
 
Roe's daughter, who was also in the apartment at the time, told investigators she heard her mother scream, race out of the apartment, and yell for someone to call police. Court documents say Roe's daughter them went to a neighbor's apartment to get help. When she returned home, she told police she witnessed "Lancaster pull a handgun from his pants and point it at her mother."
 
Lancaster adamantly denies those claims.
 
"I had a BB gun but I didn't even point at anyone," he said. "I never shot at anyone."
 
When he left the apartment, Lancaster did admit to taking Roe's wallet as "collateral."

"I took her wallet," he said. "There was no money it and I told her I was taking it."

Once Lancaster left the apartment, several neighbors at the apartment confronted him.

Neighbor James Hoover said, "We heard screaming up stairs and we looked down there and there was people we'd seen argue before. When I found out that he had pulled a gun and taken a lap top and money, then we went after him with another two guys."

The group chased Lancaster past North Pines Jr. High, prompting North Pines and Broadway Elementary to go into immediate lock down. Each school was assigned a Valley Officer to assist with the safe departure of buses and children being picked up by family. At some point, authorities said Lancaster pulled out the BB and told the group chasing him to back off.

Lancaster told KHQ that the group "Knew it was a BB gun."

Lancaster then ran to Barbara Bassuer's house nearby, at 12019 E. Valleyway. In court documents, Bassuer described Lancaster as a "sometime associate."

"She saw me coming through the back yard and I told her I was being chased and she opened up her door and let me inside and said 'oh go upstairs and wait," Lancaster said. Court documents describe it differently. Bassuer told investigators Lancaster was acting "wild and violent". When she went outside to see who was chasing Lancaster, Bassuer said Lancaster ran into her home and thought he was either hiding or went out the back door. Court documents said Bassuer, as well as a girl friend who was also inside, never saw Lancaster again after she was asked by police to leave. Court documents say Bassuer was "forced to leave her three month old baby sleeping upstairs."

By this time, police and SWAT were beginning to surround the home. After the residence was surrounded, investigators were advised there was a daycare next to the house. Central Valley School District provided a school bus to Valley Officers in order to safely take 39 children from Robyn's Nest Day Care. Officers believed Lancaster was armed and tried to coax him out for hours. Lancaster said he was none the wiser.

"I actually fell asleep upstairs, I was so tired. I fell asleep there and I don't know how much time passed but I woke up and I heard them shouting my name," he said.  "I thought it was odd to see the SWAT team there. I was shocked."
 
After the people inside the home were safely taken out, Sheriff's Office hostage negotiators got Lancaster out too.
 
Lancaster believes the charges are bogus, especially since he said he did not shoot the BB gun at anyone.
 
"First degree armed robbery? I think is a little ridiculous," he said. "The whole situation is a little ridiculous. It could have been investigated better. It's a joke."
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