Air 1 Helicopter helps arrest two minors breaking into University High School

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies, assisted by Air 1, arrested two 17-year-old juveniles after a motion/door alarm was tripped at University High School in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to University High School after the alarm was tripped on July 24, 2016 just prior to 1:00 a.m.

As deputies were responding to the area, Air 1 advised they observed two cars parked on the east side of the building and due to the heat signature, it appeared one of the vehicle had been driven recently.

Deputies found the vehicles unoccupied and began searching the area around the school.

Air 1, with the aid of the FLIR camera, advised they could observe one suspect laying down the roof. The suspect sat up, climbed down to the ground and began walking away as deputies approached and safely took him into custody.

Deputies on the ground could hear noises as they continued to search for any remaining suspects. Air 1 advised they observed another suspect hiding on the south side of the school next to the dumpsters. The suspect was contacted by deputies and safely taken into custody.

After advising the suspects of their rights, deputies learned the suspects climbed onto the roof of the school and gained access through a hatch. One stayed on the roof while the second suspect, accompanied by a third suspect, entered the school. Deputies believe they may have contacted the third suspect when they first arrived at the school. That suspect wasn’t believed to be involved and was not detained by deputies as they responded to Air 1’s sighting of the suspect on the roof.

The juvenile who did not enter the school was charged with misdemeanor Criminal Trespassing 2nd Degree and released to his mother. The juvenile who entered the building was charged with felony Burglary 2nd Degree.