Axe wielding suspect’s bail set at $10,000



Posted on July 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 5:35 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A judge set bail at $10,000 for the Spokane woman accused of busting into a fire station and wielding an axe at officers.

Lillian Sowa, 27, faced the judge Monday afternoon. Sowa has no criminal record in Spokane's Superior Court.

Police said Sowa broke into the Spokane fire station near Indiana and Maple early Sunday morning. She allegedly stole an axe, and later charged officers with the axe raised over her head.

 Sowa entered Fire Station 3 through an unlocked door and stole an axe from one of the fire trucks according to police. She is accused of smashing out two large bay-door windows and tried to escape. She also allegedly smashed out the windows of a Department of Corrections car.

Officers who responded to the scene tased Sowa when she allegedly ran at them.

“She was definitely out of control with the axe,” said Spokane Police Lieutenant Rex Olson.

“When she approached the officer, the axe was at head level.  She obviously had some evil intent there.” 

Sowa was taken to the hospital for treatment but was later released.  Officers said she appeared to be on heroin and meth.

The suspect was booked into jail on Sunday and faced charges of malicious mischief, burglary, and assault.  

No officers were hurt in the confrontation.