Wanted man fled from Gold Bar to Idaho, police say

Jesse Spitzer, 30, who has a history of violence against officers, is wanted for felonies in two states.

Jesse Spitzer (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

Jesse Spitzer (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

GOLD BAR — Police are searching for a Sultan man suspected of a crime spree from Gold Bar to Idaho.

On Friday, a county SWAT team was called to an “incident” involving Jesse Spitzer, 30, but authorities were unable to find him, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Police have been extra cautious because Spitzer has a history of violence against law enforcement.

He was seen again Saturday in Gold Bar, and a police dog tracked him into the woods, but again he was not arrested, the sheriff’s office reported.

And on Sunday, the Sultan man was reportedly involved in another “incident” in Chelan County.

On Monday morning, he was reportedly seen by law enforcement in Idaho.

Spitzer was then identified as a suspect Wednesday morning in a burglary in Post Falls, Idaho, where police believe he stole a firearm. When law enforcement located the suspect, he brandished a gun and threatened to shoot himself if officers didn’t leave, police wrote. The gunman fled.

Police believe Spitzer to be armed and dangerous. He also shaved his head and is using makeup to cover his face tattoos, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Spitzer is a career criminal who was sentenced to prison in 2011 for shooting at a sheriff’s deputy in Nevada during a burglary spree,” Post Falls police wrote.

Anybody with information about Spitzer’s location is asked to call 911.

Ellen Dennis: 425-339-3486; edennis@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterellen.

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