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Where’s the heroin? Oops. Wrong house.

Two suspected serial robbers apparently picked the wrong target back in late May, Spokane police say.

Flint Fire Herrmann, 35, and David Fredrick Smith, 41, are charged with first-degree robbery for an invasion May 29 at a home in the 1900 block of West 26th Ave. Already in jail, they appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on the new charges Tuesday.

A victim told police one of the men “was yelling at the other male telling him they had the wrong people and they should leave,” according to court documents. The other man tried to steal a portable video game player “only breaking it instead,” police wrote

A resident said she awoke about 11:30 p.m. to a masked man standing next to her bed “pointing a large gun in her face.” The woman said the man called her “Chandra” and demanded heroin, hen got very upset when she told him he had the wrong person. The woman feared two other men in the home had been killed , and that she was about to be killed, police say.

Two nights later, Herrmann and Smith successfully robbed a home in the 4400 block of East 46th Avenue of drugs and cash. They're also suspected in a robbery that same night at a home on West Spofford Avenue. Smith also is believed to have shot Robert Ruth during a robbery on West Princeton Avenue on May 29. Ruth is accused of helping cop shooter Charles Wallace.

Police arrested Smith in June and searched his home in the 2600 block of West Dell Avenue, where they recovered bandanas, a ski mask, 9 mm gun and a .380 Revolver.

Herrmann was arrested July 16.
  

2 arrested in South Hill home robbery

Two men believed to be serial home robbers are responsible for a takeover-style invasion at a residence on the South Hill in late May.

Flint Fire Herrmann, 35, robbed the home at gunpoint with David F. Smith, already in jail for a May 31 robbery at a home on West Spofford Avenue, according to Spokane police.

Herrmann and Smith, 40, are accused targeting two safes with cash, coins and narcotics inside when they knocked on the door of a home in the 4400 block of East 46th Avenue about 12:30 a.m. 

A sleeping resident, Gordon Lagasse, III, awoke and answered the door but was knocked to the ground, then held at gunpoint while the other gunman stole the safes, according to court documents. The robbers also made Lagasse's father get on the floor at gunpoint.

The victims said they believe a family member “either intentionally or unintentionally informed another person” of the lock boxes, according to a search warrant filed last month by Detective Jack Rosenthal.

A cousin who admitted to detectives that she was a prostitute and a heroin addict said she knew of two men who commit robberies with shotguns while wearing black clothes and ski masks, according to the search warrant.

Smith also is believed to have shot Robert Ruth during a robbery on West Princeton Avenue on May 29. Ruth is accused of helping cop shooter Charles Wallace.

Members of the Spokane police Patrol Anti-Crime Team located Herrmann at his home in the 4200 block of West Everett Avenue in Spokane Sunday. His mother allowed police to search the home, and she showed Rosenthal where Herrmann's girlfriend had asked her to store a gun so he wouldn't go back to prison.

Rosenthal found the Glock 17 9 mm gun, which was loaded with hollow-point bullets, in a shed in the backyard, according to court documents.
  

‘Flint Fire the Frequent Flyer’ arrested

The arrest of a woman wanted for theft since September led police to identify suspects in a residential burglary just a day earlier.

Tami Jo Hearn, 50, alias Raider, had jewelry and checkbooks belonging to a homeowner in the 3300 block of West Woodside Avenue when police arrested her during a vehicle stop at East 29th Avenue and South Fiske Street Jan. 10.

Passenger Flint Fire Herrmann, 34, was arrested on a warrant for felony drug possession. He had a cloth bag with in the car that contained more stolen jewelry, police said. Members of the Spokane police Patrol Anti-Crime Team went to a home in the 2800 block of East 32nd Avenue where the two had been and found more stolen property, including a suitcase.

Homeowner Penni L. Cornwell, 47, faces charges of trafficking in stolen property. Hearn told police on Jan. 18 that Herrmann brought the suitcase full of jewelry to the home early Jan. 10 and planned to sell the items to get money to get his girlfriend out of jail. His girlfriend is Cornwell's daughter.

Hearn and Herrmann appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Thursday on charges of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Hearn, a repeat offender, also faces several felony charges for an extensive forgery ring. Crime Stoppers had been offering a reward since September for tips that led to her arrest.

Herrmann also has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for felon in possession of a firearm, car theft, attempting to elude police, drug possession and possession of stolen property.

A court official on Thursday called him “Flint Fire the Frequent Flyer.”

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