Sirens & Gavels

Cabbie robbed at gunpoint, teens charged

A teenage boy accused of pistol whipping and robbing a Spokane Valley cabdriver pleaded not guilty in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday.

Enrico A. White, 16, is charged with first-degree robbery for an alleged pre-dawn gunpoint attack Nov. 26. He and a 15-year-old boy are accused of robbing cab driver Todd Hughes after Hughes drove them from Evergreen and Adams to 711 N. Argonne.

"Upon arrival, one of the males in the back seat passed a handgun to the male in the front," according to a probable cause affidavit. "The male in the front stuck the handgun in Hughes' face and began hitting him in the head with the gun."

The teens ran away without paying their $38 cab fare.

Hughes identified White through a photo montage as the boy who him with the handgun. White was arrested at an apartment at 711 N. Argonne, along with the 15-year-old boy.

Police say White told them he didn't remember how he had gotten home because he'd been drinking. The 15-year-old is charged in juvenile court.

Newspaper policy calls for juvenile criminal suspects to be named only if they are charged as adults and the charges are high-end felonies like robbery.

Both teens are in Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.




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