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Man w/ 12+ felony charges adds a few more

A man charged with more than 10 felonies since last fall is now accused of an armed home-invasion robbery that targeted a woman with a safe full of cash.

George W. Butrick, 32, (left, allegedly) appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on robbery charges connected to a Jan. 26 incident at an apartment in the 700 block of North Monroe Street.

Matthew L. Short, 43, also is charged in the case and is due in court soon.

A third suspect has not been identified, but court documents show police believe a felon arrested after a standoff late last month, 25-year-old Dustin C. Rauscher (right), is a person of interest.

The alleged victim, Ardythe M. McGough, told police she knew Short and recognized him and Butrick when they forced their way into her apartment and stole cash and valuables, according to court documents.  McGough identified Butrick through a photo on the TV news, and through a photo montage.

She said Butrick and the unidentified man were armed with handguns and threatened to kill her before tying up her friend, William O. Armstrong, with zip ties and stealing his cash and cell phone, then cash from a safe, according to court documents.

Armstrong followed the robbers and heard Short speak on the phone with someone referred to as “Swift” and “Dustin.”

Short’s girlfriend told police that Short and Rauscher “are close personal acquaintances (homies) and have been for a number of years,” according to court documents. Short denied knowing Rauscher, police said; Butrick said Rauscher was living at Butrick’s home while Butrick is in jail.

Butrick was arrested in the fall but posted bail on about a dozen charges in December. He returned to jail in February after allegedly threatening a bail bondsman with a gun.

Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.

Police: Repeat offender linked to ATM burglar

When police found Dustin C. Rauscher, he had a sawed off shotgun and enough shaved keys to steal a fleet of Nissan cars.

That was in 2007. 

Three years and a prison stint later, Rauscher is back in police custody, this time accused of holing up in an apartment during a four-hour SWAT team standoff that ended with his surrender early Thursday.

Described by police as a prolific car thief, 25-year-old Rauscher is considered one of the city’s top 10 repeat offenders.

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Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said Rauscher is an associate of accused ATM burglar/drug dealer/gun possessor/bail bondsman threaten-er George W. Butrick.

Butrick is in jail on about a dozen state charges ranging from drugs to assault, as well as one federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.

Repeat offender jailed after SWAT standoff

A repeat offender was arrested early today after he surrendered to a SWAT team outside a northeast Spokane apartment. 

Dustin C. Rauscher, 25, was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony arrest warrant for attempting to elude police, and new charges of unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault. 

The arrest occurred after the Spokane Violent Gang Enforcement Team received an anonymous tip that Rauscher was at an apartment at 2309 E. Euclid Ave.

While officers tried to get someone to open the door about 8 p.m. Wednesday , they heard a woman screaming for help. Officers forced their way inside and found Rauscher assaulting the woman, then got her out while Rauscher ran upstairs.

Police said Rauscher threatened to kill officers if they tried to arrest him and “made it clear” he would not go back to jail. He surrendered about 1 a.m.

Rauscher was arrested in 2007 after found him with 27 shaved Nissan keys and a sawed off shotgun. He was sentenced to 43 months in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and first-degree possession of stolen property.

Rauscher also has convictions for attempting to elude, hit and run collision, reckless driving, domestic violence assault and interfering with reporting of a domestic violence assault. He has multiple convictions for possession of stolen property, according to Crime Stoppers.

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