SCSO arrests suspect who snuck into house, held resident at knife point

Spokane County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspect Friday who snuck into a stranger's apartment and held a knife to his throat.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane County Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspect Friday who snuck into a stranger’s apartment and held a knife to his throat.

Joshua D. Trudeau, 32, was identified as the suspect. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail and charged with first degree burglary, residential burglary, first degree robbery and second degree assault.

On Tuesday, Tom Hunton told KREM 2 that a man ran through his apartment complex in an attempt to elude police. Deputies said they were chasing the man initially because he matched the description of a suspect from a car theft a few hours earlier. Hunton said the man ducked into an apartment and held his neighbor at knife point to escape capture.

Deputies said they searched the apartment complex but did not go into the locked apartment. Court documents said for the next two hours the man held Hunton's neighbor hostage at knife point. During that time, documents state the man said he was hiding from drug dealers, consumed beverages in the apartment, made calls on the victim's cell phone and injected drugs into his own veins. 

After deputies left the area, documents said the man stole the victim's wallet, cell phone and car then took off. The car was later found abandoned just before midnight about two miles away at Atlantic and Lyons.

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