Sirens & Gavels

Marijuana theft leads to shotgun threat

A Spokane man is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at a man in retaliation for a marijuana theft.

Steven T. Casados, 21, is jailed on a first-degree assault charge after witnesses told police he arrived at an apartment in the 900 block of East Eighth Avenue armed with a shotgun Tuesday about 8:15 p.m.

Casados reportedly kept his finger on the trigger when he approached the alleged thief's brother, police said. Casados told the man his brother had "robbed him of a quarter pound of weed," police say.

One woman said she heard Casados say "I'm not playing; this is serious" and heard a gunshot "within a couple of seconds" of Casados leaving the apartment, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Casados also is accused of breaking an apartment window with a rock about a week ago.

He told police the broken window  was "a forewarning for him to pay me back," according to the affidavit.

Casados' bond was set at $50,000 at his first appearance Thursday before Superior Court Judge Michael Price.




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