Former volunteer’s crime spree ends with SPD standoff



Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 5:28 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Officers arrested a wanted felon Thursday night after the man barricaded himself inside a home, according to Spokane Police.

Authorities said police received reports of a man smashing out the window of a medical marijuana dispensary and trying to throw a stink bomb inside around 9:00 p.m. on N. Market Street near E. Broad Avenue. The owner of the business told officers she thought the man was a former employee, later identified as William J. Wilson, 34.

Officers determined Wilson was a suspect and attempted to contact him at his home on E. Lincoln Rd. near N. Altamont St., according to SPD. Officers also discovered Wilson had two felony warrants for his arrest.

Once Wilson realized officers were there, he began yelling obscenities at them and refused to come out, police said. Hostage negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene. Authorities said the man told friends that he would not let police take him into custody without a fight.

After an hour and a half, authorities said Wilson was taken into custody peacefully.

In a jailhouse interview with KREM 2 News, Wilson said the police were teasing him.

“I think they were being more sarcastic than anything,” said Wilson.

Wilson said he did whatever he could to provoke the officers.

“I had no shirt on, and they were making, I did go outside and reveal my buttocks to them, which I shouldn't have done, but I was upset,” said Wilson.

Wilson said thoughts of wanted to die raced through his mind as the SWAT team arrived.

Wilson was booked into jail on his warrants for Felony Harassment (Threats to Kill) and First Degree Theft as well as a new charge for City Malicious Mischief.

Wilson was scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.