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Coeur d’Alene police need help finding an armed robbery suspect

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Coeur d'Alene police released security camera video of a man who robbed an espresso stand in Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday and Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

At about 5:30 p.m., a man pointed a gun and demanded money from a clerk working at the Lean Bean at 1820 Northwest Blvd., according to a news release.

The suspect fled on foot toward the 1000 block of Emma Avenue, the release said. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and shoes with red laces.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 208-769-2320 or Crime Stoppers at 208-667-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS.

Woman posing as prostitute, one man arrested in robbery

A woman posing as a prostitute and one man were arrested in connection to an armed robbery Friday morning, police say.

Tenisha M. Herrell, 25, arranged to meet with the male victim on backpage.com, an online classifieds site frequently used by prostitutes and escorts, according to a Spokane police news release. Herrell, who went by the name of “Melanie” on the site, agreed to meet him early Friday morning near Hill ‘n’ Dale Rotary Park near Colton and Jay Street, the release said.

See the original story here.

Suspect similar in pair of armed robberies in CdA

Coeur d’Alene police are investigating two armed robberies overnight, involving similar suspect descriptions, at a gas station and a drug store.

The first robbery was at a Tesoro service station at 2301 Sherman Ave. late Monday night.

A clerk told police a man in a black hoodie came into the store at 11:35 p.m.., asked about the price of cigarettes, then said he’d have to come back. He returned at 11:47 p.m., wandered around until other customers left, then approached the counter and lifted his shirt to display a handgun in his waistband.

The robber demanded money and the clerk gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. The man fled on foot.

At 1:15 a.m. today, officers responded to Walgreens at 335 W. Appleway for another robbery. (Watch the video.) The clerk said a man in a black hoodie came in and lifted his shirt to display a handgun in his waistband. He demanded money from the till but the clerk was not able to give it to him. The robber took some cigarettes from the counter and fled on foot.

Officers reviewed surveillance video that showed the suspect appear to get into a dark vehicle waiting outside the Walgreens. The vehicle drove east through the parking lot and left the area.

In the first robbery the suspect was described as white, 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, stubble on the side of his face, wearing a black cotton hoodie zipped all the way up with a white ball cap underneath, blue jeans and dusty black work boots.

In the second robbery he was described as white, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, slender build, wearing a grey or white billed hat with a black hoodie pulled over it and blue jeans, and with two piercings on his upper lip.

Anyone with information on either crime is asked to call the police at (208) 769-2320.

Robbers take over South Hill McDonald’s

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill at gunpoint Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them. 

Police today released three surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just after 10 p.m.

The victims complied with demands and none was injured. The robbers, who wore black clothing, fled on foot before police arrived. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Photo shows Browne’s Addition gunman

Spokane police today released a surveillance photo of a robbery last week at a Browne's Addition convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the gunman.

The robbery was reported about 11:49 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sunset Grocery, 1908 W. Sunset Blvd.

The gunman is described as 20 to 22 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 and 150 to 160 pounds. He wore a black knit ski mask, dark hooded sweatshirt, black coat, dark loose pants and black and white athletic shoes. The gun is described as a black semi-automatic pistol.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

2 charged in four-pizza armed robbery

Two suspects have been identified in a knife-point robbery that netted four pizzas and nothing else.

Manuel Torres, 21, has been charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery for the Jan. 29 heist in the area of 1800 W. Gardner Ave.

A 16-year-old girl is charged as a juvenile.

The two are accused of stealing four pizzas from a Domino's Pizza delivery driver after the girl ordered five pizzas. Spokane police believe Torres threatened the man with a knife and grabbed the top pizza bag containing four pizzas.

The girl had placed the order from her mother's cellphone. Her mother identified her to police as having her phone that night. The victim and other witnesses identified the girl and Torres from photo montages.

Couple charged in armed robbery spree

A couple accused of robbing a video game store with a pellet gun in January has been charged with five other gunpoint robberies.

Merle A. Andrew Jr., 36, and his girlfriend, suspected getaway driver Nicole N. Stearns, 29, (pictured) are accused of robbing an elderly man Nov. 13 after going to the man's home on West Four Mound Road and claiming Andrew had car trouble.

 Andrew told police he was familiar with the man because the man helped him get his car out of a ditch a couple years ago, police say. He said he used the stolen money to buy heroin.

Police beleive Andrew and Stearns also robbed Village Center Cinemas in Wandermere at 12622 N. Division St. on Dec. 2.

The couple also is accused of robbing a movie theater in Airway Heights Nov. 21, according to court documents.

They were arrested for that robbery Jan. 17, after they were already jailed for the holdup at GameStop in Airway Heights, which occurred just after Andrew stole a pellet gun from Wal-Mart.

Andrew also is accused of robbing the GameStop at 410 E. Holland Road on Nov. 26.

He's also believed to have tried to rob Ace Cash Express, 3515 N. Division St., on Nov. 29 and the Howard Johnson, 3033 N. Division, on Nov. 30.

Stearns and Andrew were charged Monday with four counts of first-degree robbery and one count of attempted first-degree robbery.

Serial robbery suspect pleads not guilty

Pepper spray apparently didn't deter a drug-seeking pharmacy robber in Deer Park: Police believe he tried robbing the store two more times.

Aaron David Kenny Miller, 24, pleaded not guilty today to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery for holdups at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Deer Park in December and February.

Detectives believe Miller was the gunman who robbed the store of oxycodone on Dec. 5 after displaying a gun and placing a note on the counter that demanded drugs and said he needed rent money for his children.

A pharmacy employee pepper sprayed Miller, but police believe he again robbed the store on Dec. 30 with a note claiming he had a gun and demanding drugs. He was pepper sprayed again but returned to the store Feb. 21 seeking more drugs, police say. He didn't get them that time, but he did get another dose of the spray.

Miller ran  from the pharmacy to a home at 116 S. Fir in Deer Park covered in pepper spray, according to court documents. A resident called police after Miller told him he'd tried to rob a store, documents say.

Miller reportedly confessed to Spokane County sheriff's deputies that he'd robbed the pharmacy twice before. He remains in jail on $100,000 bond.

Past coverage:

Jan. 27: Sketch shows OxyContin robbery suspect

Man sentenced for herpes-related heist

A 19-year-old man is to spend about seven years in prison for an armed robbery that was sparked by his fear of contracting herpes from a shared marijuana pipe.

Aziem L. Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree robbery for a July incident in which he invited the victims to an apartment at 1119 W. Augusta Ave., to smoke marijuana in celebration of his 19th birthday.

Richardson left after several minutes and returned with a shotgun and threatened the teens, telling them “I heard you or your girlfriend has herpes and we have been sharing a bong,” according to court documents. “If I get herpes, I'm going to kill you both.”

Richardson stole the men's cellphones and a wallet. He has juvenile convictions for robbery.

He was sentenced Monday to 87 months in prison by Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza.

Cops search home in drug robbery probe

Detectives searched a home recently to look for evidence in an armed robbery at a clinic last month

No arrests have been made, and the investigation into the Dec. 29 drug heist at the Spokane Falls Family Clinic, 120 W. Mission Ave., continues.

A pharmacy employee said a masked man armed with a paintball game stole 100 to 150 Hydrocodone pills.

Sheriff's deputies seized the black Volvo used in he robbery from a parking lot at 921 S. Pine in Spokane Valley later that night.

The owner said a man named Corey had borrowed the car and returned with a bag full of Hydrocodone pills. A week later, a jail inmate identified a 26-year-old convicted felon as being responsible for the robbery.

Detectives with the Spokane police major crimes unit searched that man's home in he 2300 block of North Hutchinson Road on Jan. 19, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday in Spokane County District Court.

Cops: Man steals pellet gun, robs store

Police say a man made quick use of a pellet gun he stole from Wal-Mart: He robbed a video game store across the parking lot.

 Suspect Merle A. Andrew, Jr., 36, was arrested early today for a robbery Tuesday at GameStop in Airway Heights.

Surveillance video shows a man police believe is Andrew steal the Airsoft pistol from the Wal-Mart at 1221 South Hayford Road about 4 p.m., then return to a 1997 Honda Accord that was parked in the fire lane, according to court documents.

The car traveled through the parking lot to GameStop, where Andrew exited and returned after robbing the store of $976, police say. Police identified the driver as Nicole N. Stearns, 29, (pictured) and arrested her for first-degree robbery the same time as Andrew.

A sheriff's deputy located the Accord at Highway 2 and Spotted Road about 1:30 a.m today and detained Andrew and Stearns.

Stearns allegedly told officers she drove when Andrew committed five other robberies in Spokane County, police say.

Stearns and Andrew appeared in Superior Court today on a first-degree robbery charge. Judge Annette Plese set Andrew's bond at $10,000. Stearns is in jail on an additional municipal court warrant.

Andrew has no felony convictions and 12 misdemeanor convictions. He's unemployed, is supported by his father and food stamps and has six children who live with their mother, according to court testimony.

Man gets 69 months for robbery spree

A Spokane man who participated in an armed robbery spree last year has been sentenced to five years and nine months in prison.

Sean T. Smith, 24, was sentenced to 69 months in prison after pleading guilty last week in Spokane County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree robbery.

Smith was arrested after armed robberies in November and December 2010 at the Holiday gas station on North Argonne Road, Sam’s Stop and Shop on East Sprague Avenue, Nevada Street Brew Espresso, McQuick Mart on South Regal, and the Zip Trips at Fourth Avenue and Sullivan Road and at Illinois Street and Perry Place. Smith told police he spent the stolen money on methamphetamine.

Vanessa E. Orr, 24, also was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Shew as credited for 313 days served in jail and is to be on probation for a year.

Co-defendant Aaron L. Goldstein was sentenced in August to 74 months in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery.

A fourth suspect, Orr's brother, Donald Lindquist, is scheduled for trial Dec. 12.
  

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.

2 accused in Subway gunpoint robbery

Two men were arrested for an armed robbery at a Subway sandwich shop Wednesday night.

Spokane police spotted William Frederick Ellis, 30, and Eric Lyle Davidow, 32, walking on northbound on Cedar from Knox and noticed the matched the description of two men seen running to a home in the 1900 block of North Jefferson just after a gunman robbed Subway at 1103 Northwest Blvd.

Officers Jay Kernkamp, Michele Madsen and Aaron Ames “made a tactical and safe approach” and arrested the men.

Police located cash and clothing consistent with the robbery, as well as a gun that matched the description of the gun used int eh robbery.

Ellis and Davidow are to appear in Spokane County Superior Court today on a first-degree robbery charge. They're in custody at the Spokane County Jail.

The robbery was reported about 9 p.m.

Man sentenced for robbing Hillyard store

A man who robbed a Hillyard convenience store at knife point in June has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Gary Lee George, 42, will be credited for time served at the Spokane County Jail, where he's been since his arrest on June 13, two days after he robbed the M & K Market at 4619 N. Market St.

A Spokane police K-9 was unable to locate a suspect the night of the robbery but indicated he may have been around an abandoned garage in the 3000 block of East Heroy Avenue.

Officer Adam Valdez was patrolling the same area on June 13 when he saw George digging through the trash and realized he matched the same physical description of the robber.

George said he'd been inside the garage earlier, and police discovered clothing worn by the robber inside, as well as George's wallet and a bag of methamphetamine. Valdez also found a black nylon bag under a tree behind the garage that contained a mask, gloves and knife used in the robbery.

George has felony convictions for second-degree theft, domestic violence assault, second-degree attempted burglary in Spokane County as well as convictions for first-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in Los Angeles County.

In addition to 77 months in prison, George is required to pay $200 restitution.

Teen gets 6 years for 5 armed robberies

A Spokane teenager who participated in an armed robbery spree last winter has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Aaron L. Goldstein, 19, is to spend 74 months in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery.

Goldstein was arrested after armed robberies in November and December at the Holiday gas station on North Argonne Road, Sam’s Stop and Shop on East Sprague Avenue, Nevada Street Brew Espresso, McQuick Mart on South Regal, and the Zip Trips at Fourth Avenue and Sullivan Road and at Illinois Street and Perry Place.

Three other suspects, Sean T. Smith, Vanessa E. Orr and Orr's brother, Donald Lindquist, also are charged.

Goldstein was charged with second-degree escape for leaving a drug rehabilitation center after his arrest, but that charge was dropped in a plea deal.

Downtown hotel robbed at gunpoint

A Spokane man robbed a downtown hotel at gunpoint recently, police say.

Alexander Feliciano, 44, is accused of stealing a $100 bill, along with a stack of $1 and $5 bills, after threatening a clerk at the Days Inn hotel, 120 W. 3rd Ave., with a gun about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, according to police.

The robber first asked about the price of a room before walking around the counter while holding the gun in both hands and saying “Why don't you just show me where the money is at? Get on the ground so you don't get hurt,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

The robber fled eastbound on 3rd Avenue in a silver Pontiac Vibe, which police spotted a short while later. They arrested Feliciano and recovered $246.

The suspect was booked on a first-degree robbery charge at the Spokane County Jail, where he remains on $40,000 bond.

Man gets 21 months for robbing store

A man who robbed the convenience store he frequented in downtown Spokane was sentenced recently to 21 months in prison.

Zachariah T. Puckett, 28, had been out of jail on $5,000 bond since just after he pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in March. He was booked back in Friday to await transport to prison.

A sweatshirt worn during the robbery at Divine food mart and gas station, 1428 W. 2nd Ave., helped identify Puckett, who was armed with a knife, after police spotted his girlfriend wearing it at their apartment complex at 151 S. Adams St.

Puckett and his girlfriend were regular customers at the store. (Disclaimer: So am I.)

Masked gunman robs North Idaho store

A masked gunman robbed a store north of Hayden Tuesday night and specifically requested a pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes.

The man entered the Alpine Country Store, 17568 North Highway 95, about 11 p.m. and forced the clerk to empty the cash register while pointing a gun at her, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. A sheriff’s dog tracked the robbery to a where investigators believe he may have escaped in a vehicle, possibly a blue Dodge Intrepid.

The robber is described as 5-foot-11 and wearing a brown “Bomber” type jacket, gloves, black pants a black hat and a black mask.

Pizza delivery man robbed at knifepoint

The smell of hot pizza helped police arrest a robbery suspect Monday.

Marco Antonio Rocha, 23, is accused with Courtney R. Araiza, 21, and Augustin Tello, 17, of robbing a Domino's pizza delivery driver at knifepoint after arranging a delivery in northeast Spokane.
 
The driver called the customer after knocking on a door in the 700 block of East Nebraska Avenue and getting no answer. A woman assured him someone would be out shortly, but three people approached and ordered him to the ground, police said today.
 
The victim ran, but one of the robbers struck him in the face, and another pulled out a “knife-like object” and demanded his wallet and money bag, police said.
 
They also stole pizza.
 
Two robbers drove away in the victim's car but abandoned it after attacking a man who'd yelled at them to slow down.
 
Police responded at 12:22 a.m. and learned the caller who ordered the pizza lived just a couple houses away from the address given to the driver. Officers approached the home and smelled hot - literally and figuratively - pizza inside.
 
They located Rocha in a bedroom at 808 E. Nebraska with time-stamped pizza boxes labeled with the 700 block address. They also found the victim's cell phone and money in the room, as well as a pizza bag and money bag in garbage cans behind the home.
 
Araiza was arrested after admitting to police he'd planned the robbery with Rocha and Tello and acted as a “look out,” according to court documents.
 
Tello was arrested after he arrived at Holy Family Hospital with a cut on his head. Staff called police, and the boy admitted to being involved in the robbery and said someone hit his head as he was fleeing. He was booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center but faces a first-degree robbery charge in Superior Court.
 
Rocha remains in jail on $40,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Monday on a first-degree robbery charge.

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