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Spokane man arrested for trafficking stolen property, possession of meth, and resisting arrest

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Spokane Police have arrested a 33-year-old Nathaniel Zielinksi on multiple charges including Trafficking Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, and Resisting Arrest after a foot pursuit where he attempted to evade police by jumping into the Spokane River.

The original crime happened at a Spokane coffee shop on March 25th when Zielinski stole a backpack that a woman had left behind. When she returned to get her bag, she learned it had been taken. Employees at the coffee shop were able to give the victim enough details about the suspect, she was able to identify Zielinski on Facebook through his DJ and music production services page. 

The victim and her friends then arranged to meet Zielinski to produce a fake music demo on April 8th. Before meeting Zielinsk, the victim called Spokane Police and officers responded to the suspect's home in the 1700 bock of North Hamilton. When Zielinski saw officers, he took off on foot, eventually attempting to swim across the Spokane River. When he realized how cold the water was, he got out of the river and kept running but was finally  taken into custody. When officers searched Zielinski, a small amount of methamphetamine was found. 

Zielinsk will make his first court appearance on Monday, April 11th at 1:30pm. 

Spokane Police want to remind everyone that you can prevent property theft by keeping an eye out for valuables. SPD also says they are committed to working with citizens to catch criminals and encourage anyone with information that may lead to an arrest to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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