An informant tasked by the Spokane police drug unit with buying methamphetamine was instead robbed by the suspected dealer.
Drug detectives listening on electric monitoring attached to the informant heard a scuffle after the man went inside a home in the 1200 block of West Chlean Avenue to try to buy meth from Daniel J. McKenzie, 24, (pictured) last Thursday.
A detective contacted the informant outside the home nearby and was told McKenzie had robbed him of the $60 police gave him to buy drugs.
The informant said McKenzie agreed to sell him meth, then punched him in the head and pushed him down the stairs.
Police obtained a search warrant for the residence, and the informant identified McKenzie as the assailant.
McKenzie remains jailed on a Washington Department of Corrections probation hold and a new charge of first-degree robbery.