Rocky Boy Man Jacob Wade Russette Steals Vehicle To Visit His Mother He Tells Officer Philip Tanis And Officer Lucas Knaff Who Both Maintain An (A) Rating

May 28, 2019




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In other words, the prosecution  or Plaintiff's must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, each essential element of the crime or civil allegations charged or leveled.  Until then the defendant or respondent is considered innocent of the charges or civil allegations

By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter

Syndicated by: Montana News

Chinook County man Jacob Wade Rusette drove to Billings to visit his mother he tells Police.   Russette drives a stolen pick up to make that visit.

Billings Police Officer Lucas Knaff badge #***  who maintains an (A) rating according to the Billings Police Rating site, was dispatched to the area of 521 24th Street for a suspicious vehicle report about a parked vehicle in an employee parking lot that was behind Hanson's Music store.

The vehicle was a burgundy Ford Taurus.

Due to the weather and extreme fog on May 25, 2019, Billings Police Officer Lucas Knaff observed that there were no license plates on the vehicle and that a man was sleeping inside of the vehicle.  The vehicle that was in question was a bronze colored Ford Fusion with partially fogged windows.

Inside of this vehicle, a Man of Native American descent was sitting in the front seat which he had leaned backward.

Once Officer Lucas Knaff made verbal contact with Jacob Wade Russette, he stated to Officer Lucas Knaff that the car belonged to a friend of his, but he did not remember who the friend's name was when Officer Lucas Knaff asked whom it belonged to and the name of his friend?

Once Russette stepped out of the vehicle, Officer Lucas Knaff placed Russette into handcuffs.  Russette stated to Officer Lucas Knaff that he was from Rocky Boy and that he was up in Billings visiting his mom but had not made contact with his mom yet.

When Lucas Knaff asked where his mother lived, Russette could not tell Officer Knaff any address.

Once the vehicle information regarding the VIN# entered into an NCIC records search, the vehicle did not come back stolen, but the vehicle did come back to another individual in Chinook Montana.  According to Chinook Law Enforcement in Chinook Montana, they verified that the vehicle had been reported to the Chinook Police Department as stolen but that had not been entered into the NCIC database yet.

Billings Police Officer Tanis arrived to assist Officer Lucas Knaff.  

Billings Police Officer Lucas Knaff badge #***  maintains an (A) rating.  This Officer can be trusted by the general public and is NOT considered a threat to public safety or security according to the Billings Police Ratings site.


Officer Philip Tanis badge#435  maintains an  (A) rating.   This Officer can be trusted by the general public and is NOT considered a threat to public safety or security according to the Billings Police Ratings Site. 


Officer Tanis transported Russette to the Yellowstone County Detentions Facility without further incident.


This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995

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