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Woman, 21, pleads guilty in armed robbery

A woman arrested in a gunpoint OxyContin robbery at Spokane pharmacy last fall pleaded guilty today.

Ariel A. Arrieta, 21, (right) faces about 20 to 30 months in prison when she’s sentenced in August for conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, said her lawyer, Chris Phelps.

Arrieta and three men were charged for the Sept. 27 holdup at Rite Aid, 5520 N. Division. Arrieta robbed the pharmacy; police say her then-boyfriend, Benjamin K. Rasmussen 19, joined Arrieta, Jed L. Boles, 32, and William E. Higgins, 22, as they drove to the store, then shared in the pill proceeds.

Rasmussen recently pleaded not guilty to a first-degree robbery charge and is not in jail.

Arrieta has been in jail since her arrest Oct 13. Police said she was a suspect in an attempted pill heist that thwarted when a clerk whacked the would-be robbery with a metal bar, but Arrieta was never charged.

Past coverage:

Robbery tipster now accused of robbery

2 men sought in Spokane pharmacy robbery

Warrant looks for bruises on Oxy suspect

Police: Oxy robbery targeted witness

Oxy robbery tipster now accused of robbery

A man who reportedly tipped police to the identities of three suspected pharmacy robbers is now accused of participating in the Sept. 27 incident.

Benjamin K. Rasmussen, 19, pleaded not guilty today to one charge of first-degree robbery.

Police believe he stayed in the car while his girlfriend, Ariel A. Arrieta robbed the Rite Aid at 5520 N. Division (right), then received half the stolen pills, according to new documents filed in Spokane County Superior Court.

Initial reports said Rasmussen knew of the robbery but did not participate or receive stolen OxyContin pills.

But, as part of a plea bargain, Arrieta, 21, told police in March that Rasmussen joined her, Jed L. Boles, 32, and William E. Higgins, 22, as they drove to the pharmacy, then shared in the pill proceeds.

Higgins, Boles and Arrieta remain in jail on robbery charges. Rasmussen was booked today but then released on his own recognizance.

Higgins also is charged with second-degree assault and witness intimidation for an alleged attack against Rasmussen in a Deer Park park on March 6. Higgins is accused of punching Rasmussen and calling him a “snitch.”

Past coverage:

2 men sought in Spokane pharmacy robbery.

Warrant looks for bruises on Oxy suspect.

Police: Oxy robbery targeted witness.

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