Authorities are investigating the relationship between a Spokane County deputy prosecutor and a six-time convicted felon, stating the prosecutor may helped the man elude arrest, according to KXLY.
According to investigators, Marriya Wright, 34, exchanged nearly 1300 texts with Matthew Baumrucker, 31, between February 6 and March 5 while police sought him on drug and assault charges.
A search of Baumrucker’s phone also revealed a picture of Wright — a competitive body builder — in a bikini, with an investigator stating he had ever seen an inmate in possession of a prosecuting attorney’s photograph in a bikini.
Police were alerted to the pair’s relationship while looking for Baumrucker when a woman told them she overheard him speaking on the phone with a woman named Marriya, saying “the police are chasing me, I am in an apartment.”
According to the woman, “Marriya told him she didn’t have to let the police in to search if they did not have a search warrant.”
Another witness stated that “she overheard Marriya telling Baumrucker he needed to get his warrants taken care of.” The same witness said that Wright made no attempt to tell Baumrucker to turn himself in and that Baumrucker had said that a prosecutor named Marriya would be able to help him if he was apprehended.
Surveillance video at a nearby gas station confirmed Baumrucker meeting with Wright in her car.
Following Baumrucker’s arrest, Wright visited him in the jail ten times in one month — using the attorney-client booth — even though Wright was not assigned to any of Baumrucker’s cases.
Baumrucker, who has the word ‘criminal’ tattooed across his forehead, has a record described by authorities as “significant,” including time served in prison for robbery, assault and domestic violence.
Baumrucker is currently being held on weapons charges, while Wright is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
[Images via Rx Muscle Contest / Spokane County Jail]