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Teen arrested hours after leaving jail

An 18-year-old man allowed to leave the Spokane County Jail after an arrest for burglary this week made good on his promise to return to court - but not in the right way.

Reshawn S. Zinnerman was arrested in connection with another burglary that occurred just hours after he left the Spokane County Jail.

Superior Court Judge Annette Plese allowed the teen, who has no substantial criminal history, to leave jail without posting a bond, which is common for suspects who have shown no reason to believe they won’t appear for future court hearings.

But Zinnerman allegedly didn’t take Plese’s standard order to commit no crimes to heart, which she imposed Wednesday afternoon during his first court appearance. About 6:40 a.m. Thursday, A woman living in the 2000 block of East South Crescent Avenue spotted a man she later identified as Zinnerman peering into her bedroom. He ran, but his shoe prints led to the backdoor of a home in the 2000 block of East Nora. Police arrested Zinnerman there and say he told them he’d just been released from jail for a burglary arrest.

Plese wasn’t so nice when she saw Zinnerman in her courtroom the next day - 24 hours after she first met him. The judge imposed A $50,000 for the charge – attempted residential burglary - and a $35,000 bond for the first burglary charge.

That means he’ll have to come with about $8,500 cash to get out - most bail bond companies require a 10 percent payment.

Zinnerman said in an interview at the Spokane County Jail Friday evening that his first arrest was the result of a “stupid mistake.”

 In that case, Zinnerman was arrested for a break-in at 803 E. Wabash Ave. after a woman also spotted him looking through windows at the residence. Police say he stole a bottle of Hydrocodone from the apartment.

Zinnerman said he walked to his aunt’s home after being released from jail. He was to get a ride to his parents’ home in Nine Mile Falls but was arrested before that happened. He said he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and denies trying to burglarize the home.

A graduate of Wellpinit High School, Zinnerman said he’s to begin classes at Spokane Falls Community College this year. He said he hopes to study “anything, really, as long as I’m on the right track.”

“I’m taking this as a learning experience,” he said.


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