UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. July 14, 2017
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives investigating this incident identified the suspect as 32-year-old Joshua D. Trudeau and determined probable cause existed for his arrest.
With the assistance of Spokane Police Officers and K9 Unit, Trudeau was located and arrested last night. Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives interviewed Trudeau before booking him into the Spokane County Jail for Burglary 1st Degree, Residential Burglary, Robbery 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree.
UPDATE: 9:00 a.m. July 12, 2017:
Thanks to an alert citizen, the stolen Hyundai was recovered in the area of Atlantic and Lyons just before midnight. A citizen recognized the vehicle after seeing the information requesting assistance broadcast on the news and called immediately.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies and Spokane Police Officers quickly responded to the location. The abandon vehicle was seized for processing of possible evidence that may assist detectives in identifying the suspect who has not been located at this time.
Spokane County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives are asking for the public's help finding a silver 2016 Hyundai Veloster with Washington license plate BEM8056. The car was stolen earlier Tuesday by a man armed with a knife. If you see the vehicle, call 911 immediately and do not approach the man, as he is considered armed and dangerous.
Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday evening in the 9000 block of N. Country Homes Blvd. The victim reported being approached by the suspect who was armed with a knife. The suspect demanded the keys to the victim's vehicle and fled the area.
The suspect is believed to be a man who ran on foot from deputies during a traffic stop earlier in the afternoon, prompting some businesses in the area to go into lockdown. The man held the victim hostage in the victim's house while waiting for deputies to leave the area.
The suspect then left the immediate area in an unknown direction.
The victim was not injured but extremely frightened during this very dangerous incident, because he did not know the suspect.
The suspect is described as a while man, around 25 to 30 years old with a medium muscular build, a shaved head and tattoos on his arms and neck. Deputies say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call 911.
The investigation is ongoing.
(story: Matt Pusatory, KHQ Local News Web Producer, KHQ.com; image: Spokane County Sheriff's Office)