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Longo Gets His Man … Again

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo found himself chasing another robber last night after an alert citizen called in an armed robbery that had just occurred at 6:40 p.m. at the Boulevard Food Mart located at 1801 NW Blvd. Residents may remember Chief Longo was involved in a foot pursuit in August of 2010 and captured a suspect who had stolen a vehicle. In this instance Chief Longo had just turned onto NW Boulevard when the robbery called was aired. Officers Tim Neal and Pete Tufford also responded to the area to assist the Chief in locating the suspect. The store clerk reported to 911 a transient later identified as Jon Wallace Hohnsbehn (pictured) had come into the Food Mart and stole a couple of bottles of beer. The clerk confronted Hohnsbehn and he pulled a knife on the clerk and said “I will stab you”. Hohnsbehn then left the area on foot and walked toward Riverstone/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or are transients with knives becoming a problem in Coeur d'Alene?

CPD To Honor Vigilant Citizen

From Coeur d'Alene Police Department Facebook wall:

Your PD responded last evening to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at a quick stop store in the Riverstone area on NW Blvd. An alert citizen had witnessed the incident and followed the suspect from a distance as he fled on foot in the Riverstone area. He provided up to the minute details on location and responding officers were able to arrest the suspect on the trail west of the Hampton Inn. The citizen will be honored at a future council meeting for his willingness to put himself in harms way and help keep our community safe. Be safe out there and have a great weekend.

DFO: This sounds like the knife assault reported at 6:55 last evening in Scanner Traffic. Click here.

CPD Names Suspect In Robberies

Coeur d'Alene Police Department news release: Coeur d’Alene Police Detectives obtained a warrant of arrest for Christopher Michael Hastings, 26, from Hesperia, California, for two counts of robbery, with a seventy-five thousand dollar bond. Detectives developed information that led them to identify Hastings as the male suspect responsible for the robbery at Walgreens and Tesoro that occurred on Sept. 17. Hasting is currently wanted on a Felony Drug Warrant out of California. Hastings appears to lead a very transient lifestyle, and has recently spent time in Coeur d’Alene. Hastings has a criminal history of violence that includes armed robberies and weapons offense. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 769-2320.

Robbers Hit 2 Lake City Businesses

The suspect in the possible armed robbery is seen entering the Tesoro service station @ 23rd and Sherman Avenue shortly before midnight Monday. The suspect, wearing a white baseball cap under a black hoodie tied at the neck, also fits the description of the man who robbed Walgreen's on Appleway about 15 minutes later. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Two Coeur d'Alene businesses were robbed late last night and early this morning by what appears to be the same gunman in a black hoodie. Tesoro service station. 2301 Sherman Ave., was robbed at 11:57 p.m. by a smallish man (described as 5-6, 150 pounds, with “very blue eyes”), according to Coeur d'Alene police reports. The man walked around the store until customers left before approaching the female clerk and displaying a gun in his waistband. He demanded and received money from the till before leaving on foot. About 15 minutes later, a man with two lip piercings who matched a similar description took cigarettes from Walgreens, 335 W. Appleway, after demanding money from the female clerk. Again, the man lifted his sweat shirt to show a handgun in his waistband. He took the cigarettes when the clerk said she was not able to give him money. The man appeared to leave in a dark-colored vehicle that was waiting for him outside. Full report here.

Question: Isolated incidents? Or is Coeur d'Alene becoming a more dangerous place?

KCSD: Alpine Store Robbed

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Alpine Country Store, north of Hayden, late last night. Initial investigation indicates that a lone masked gunman entered the store at about 11 PM, held the clerk at gunpoint and had her empty the cash register of the currency.  The suspect fled on foot. A subsequent track by a Sheriff’s Department K-9 followed the suspect to where he may have got into a vehicle a short distance away. Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation/Kootenai County Sheriff's Department news release.

Question: I've often thought that clerks at fast stops are among the bravest employees around because the possibility exists every day that someone will try to rob them. I wouldn't do the job. Would you?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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