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Black Lagoon Tat Leads To Capture

Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release on capture of armed robbery suspect:

At 11:20 am today Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives acting on a tip responded to 724 N. 7th St and contacted a female known to be the girlfriend of robbery suspect Christopher Michael Hastings. His girlfriend, Brandy Thompson denied knowing Hastings real identity. While detectives were speaking to her they observed a male matching the description of Hastings step out of a bedroom in the residence. She told them that male’s name was Tim. Detectives spoke to the male and he denied being Christopher Hastings. Detectives had photos of a tattoo that Hastings has on his arm. They were able to pull that photo from past booking photos of Hastings. It is a large tattoo that is similar to the Creature of the Black Lagoon that covers his entire arm from the top of his bicep down to his elbow. They matched the photo with his arm and he finally confessed to being Hastings. More below.

Detectives interviewed him further and he admitted to his role in the robberies at Walgreens and Tesoro that occurred on September 17th. Hastings was taken into custody without incident and transported to the jail.
Two other suspects in the robberies have been identified by detectives. Charges for armed robbery are pending at the Prosecutors office on a 39 year- old female and a 28 year- old male, both of Coeur d’Alene. Their names will be provided once they are formally charged.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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