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FIRST ON KHQ: 17-Year-Old Murder Suspect Arrested After SWAT Standoff In North Spokane

Spokane Police were involved in a standoff at the Knight's Inn in north Spokane Tuesday night Spokane Police were involved in a standoff at the Knight's Inn in north Spokane Tuesday night
Yesica Olivos' (Pictured left ) body was found in Walla Walla on January 3rd. Tuesday night, a suspect in her murder was arrested after a standoff with Spokane SWAT in north Spokane Yesica Olivos' (Pictured left ) body was found in Walla Walla on January 3rd. Tuesday night, a suspect in her murder was arrested after a standoff with Spokane SWAT in north Spokane
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The suspect in a Walla Walla murder was arrested in Spokane Tuesday night after an hours long standoff with Spokane Police.  Police say the suspect is linked to a murder that happened on January 3rd, 2014 in Walla Walla.

Back on January 3rd, the body of 20-year-old Yesica Olivos was found near the intersection of Mojonnier and Beet Road in Walla Walla. Late Tuesday afternoon, Spokane Police received information from the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office and the FBI that they believed the suspect in Olivos' murder was at the Knight's Inn Motel with other people, and that he may be armed.

The SWAT Team and hostage negotiators were called to the Knight's Inn near Division and Houston and were focused on one room in particular.  Police tried to establish contact with the people inside the 2nd story room, and after about two hours, two men and two woman came out with their hands up and surrendered peacefully. Police later said that the man they were after was a 17-year-old murder suspect from the Walla Walla. The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office has identified him as Carlos Valdez.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office also issued arrest warrants for Breanne Rutherford and Andres Torres-Rodriguez for 1st Degree Rendering Criminal Assistance. Those two were also found inside the hotel room and were taken into custody. The other woman will be identified and interviewed regarding her knowledge and possible involvement in the crime.


The Spokane Police Department, the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office and the FBI will work together to investigate this incident.

 

SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE: 

Spokane Police Patrol, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators bring four barricaded subjects, including a homicide suspect from Walla Walla, out of a N. Spokane motel safely and peacefully. The homicide suspect, a juvenile male believed to be armed, was taken into custody on an outstanding 1st Degree Murder Warrant. The additional subjects also face charges for Rendering Criminal Assistance. 

Late this afternoon, around 4:00 pm, Spokane Police received information from the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office and the FBI that they believed a suspect in a Walla Walla homicide, occurring on January 3rd, was inside the Knights Inn Motel (formerly the Royal Scot Motel) at 20 W. Houston Ave. in Spokane and possibly armed, along with several other individuals.  

Spokane Police Patrol, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators quickly developed a plan and responded to the location.  Hostage Negotiators initiated contact with the subjects inside the motel.  At approximately 8:00 pm, two subjects (a male and a female) came out of the hotel and into police custody safely and peacefully. 

Approximately 15 minutes later, the remaining two subjects (a male and a female) came out of the hotel and into police custody safely and peacefully. A juvenile male suspect was taken into custody for the outstanding 1st Degree Murder Warrant. Two of the other subjects have warrants for 1st Degree Rendering Criminal Assistance.  The additional subject is also suspected of Rendering Criminal Assistance, however detectives are still investigating.   

The Spokane Police Department, the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office and the FBI will work together to investigate this incident.  

WALLA WALLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE: 

A Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office investigation has identified 17 year old Carlos Valdez as the primary murder suspect in the shooting death of Yesica Olivos, a 20 year old Hispanic female resident of Walla Walla.

An arrest warrant for Valdez charging Murder in the First Degree was obtained by WWSO detectives from Walla Walla County Superior Court today, Tuesday January 7, 2014. Additional arrest warrants charging Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree were obtained by WWSO detectives later the same day, 01/07/14, for Breanne Rutherford and Andres Torres-Rodriguez.

WWSO Detectives developed information which led them to believe that the three suspects were inside the Knights Inn Motel (formerly the Royal Scot Motel) at 20 W. Houston Ave. in Spokane.

The assistance of the Spokane Office of the FBI and Spokane Police Department was requested at approximately 4:00 pm today. It was believed that the suspects could still be armed. Spokane Police Patrol Officers, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators quickly developed a plan and responded to the location. Hostage Negotiators initiated contact with the subjects inside the motel.

At approximately 8:00 pm two subjects (a male and a female) came out of the hotel and into police custody safely and peacefully. Approximately 15 minutes later, the remaining two subjects (a male and a female) came out of the hotel and into police custody safely and peacefully.

Three of the four have been identified as Carlos Valdez, Breanne Rutherford, and Andres Torres- Rodriguez. The other female will be identified and interviewed regarding her knowledge and possible involvement in the crime.

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