SPOKANE, Wash. – Newly released documents offer more insight into the charges a Spokane Police Officer is facing for allegedly misleading investigators after a kidnapping victim was brought by his daughter to his home.
Officer John Arredondo is facing charges for rendering criminal assistance, false swearing, and tampering with physical evidence, according to court documents.
He is accused of knowing about the kidnapping before the victim showed up at his home, and that he deleted text messages off his phone before investigators could look at it.
The victim said she was forced out of her home in May, then taken to an apartment on North Atlantic where she claims she was hit with a frying pan by Jamar Dickerson and stabbed by Ashley Arredondo. Documents said at some point Ashley picked up her sister, Officer Arredondo's other daughter, from the Knitting Factory and continued to drive around with the kidnapping victim and Dickerson in the car.
Dickerson was initially charged with first degree kidnapping, but later pleaded guilty to second degree assault, according to documents. Reports said he was sentenced to 24 months in jail followed by 18 months community custody.
The victim told police she heard one of the daughters talking to Officer Arredondo on the phone and he convinced them to drive to his house.
Officials said while this was happening in North Spokane, Officer Arredondo was on duty in South Spokane.
Arredondo claimed he was not aware of the kidnapping call because he was not listening to the North Spokane police channel. A check of the radio dispatch log showed the call was broadcast on both the north and south channels, so he should have been aware of the kidnapping while he was on duty.
Investigators said text messages on his phone prove he knew about the kidnapping, but did not report it after talking to his daughter who was in the car with the victim other officers were searching for.
Documents said Arredondo met his daughters at his home that night, and initially helped the victim into his home before taking her to the hospital. He also then called a supervisor to report it.
Investigators said Arredondo was asked to fill out a report, but it contradicts facts and circumstances developed during the investigation.
Arredondo was initially placed on leave during the investigation. SCSO concluded their investigation and forwarded their findings to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s office this week. The charges against Arredondo were filed in Spokane County Superior Court.
SPD Officials said earlier this year Arredondo had been with the department for 18 years and had not been placed on leave before.
Arredondo’s daughter Ashley pleaded guilty to an assault charge related to the kidnapping in June. Dickerson was also arrested for the kidnapping.