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Craigslist ad leads to gunpoint robbery

A woman who advertised a diamond ring for sale online was robbed at gunpoint by a man who threatened to kill her, authorities say.

Tyler J. Bowers, 19, is accused of robbing the woman when she arrived at a home in the 13400 block of South Clearlake in Medical Lake on Thursday with her son and 18-month-old daughter.

The woman intended to sell a ring aftrer Bowers called to inquire about an advertisement on Craigslist. She said bowers pointed a handgun at her about two feet from her face and ran away with the ring. She feared Bowers would shoot her, her husband and the child, but no one was injured.

Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Ray Miller responded to the home and said in court documents that Bowers admitted to using a gun to rob the couple. Miller talked to the teen's mother, who owns the home and gave him permission to search it. Miller found a plastic airsoft gun in a book bag in Bower's room and recovered the diamond ring on a dresser.

Bowers remains in jail after appearing in Superior Court Monday on a first-degree robbery charge.

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