Grant County Sheriff Canine Credited With Nabbing Domestic Violence Suspect


Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones reports K-9 Grizzly and his partner Deputy Dave De La Rosa helped catch a domestic violence and kidnapping suspect trying to avoid arrest early Thursday morning in Lakeview. 
The Sheriff says Deputies were called around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday when 25-year-old Matthew Proper of Soap Lake grabbed an adult female by the arm and neck as she was exiting a home on Soap Lake Way in Lakeview. Proper and the female had been in a previous dating relationship. The female fought off Proper and locked herself inside the home. Proper fled on foot before deputies and Soap Lake police could arrive. A search of the area did not turn up Proper. 
Then, just after midnight Thursday, deputies were called back to the Soap Lake Way home after Proper, wielding a hatchet, threatened the original victim and her friend as they returned from a store. As the women tried to drive away and escape, Proper broke a window on the car the women were in and grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to crash into a ditch. The original victim was forced out of the car and made to walk with Proper to an outbuilding on Othello Place. The victim’s friend followed on foot in order to watch out for her friend. 
K-9 Grizzly and partner Deputy Dave De La Rosa arrived a short time later. The two women first exited the outbuilding. Proper was then found by Grizzly and the deputies hiding in the attic of the outbuilding. Proper was taken into custody without further incident. 
Proper is lodged in the Grant County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence). 

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