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A fingerprint found on merchandise at a Spokane porn store helped police identify a second suspect in a gunpoint robbery earlier this month.
Clinton James Smith, 50, (right) was arrested Wednesday on first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges. He's accused with James A. Turnipseed, 32, of robbing the Hollywood Erotic Boutique, 3813 N. Division St., and tying up the clerk on Nov. 8.
Turnipseed (left) was arrested a couple blocks away while riding a bike shortly after the robbery and remains in jail on $75,000 bond. Police say he had two bags containing erotic material stolen from the store.
A fingerprint found on merchandise packaging at the store matched Smith's, and police found a hat with the name “Smith” embroidered on it in a backpack that was left at the store when the robbers fled, according to court documents prepared by Spokane police major crimes Detective Chet Gilmore.
Smith denied participating in the robbery and told police he'd only been in the store twice and never handled the merchandise.
An acquaintance of Turnipseed and Smith told police Turnipseed called him from jail the night he was arrested and said he'd been caught because of Smith and Smith “needed to come down and do something about it,” documents say.
Smith told the man he was sitting at the park near the porn shop when Turnipseed ran up, grabbed the bike and said “I gotta go.” A confidential source told police Smith had talked about planning to rob the store three weeks before the hold up.
Smith already has two felony cases pending in Spokane County - a WalMart theft case from February and a stolen car case from December 2010.
A Spokane man accused of tying up an porn shop employee during a robbery early Tuesday remains jailed on $75,000 bond.
James Allen Turnipseed, 32, appeared in Superior Court Tuesday afternoon on charges of unlawful imprisonment and first-degree robbery.
Turnipseed was stopped on a bicycle just after the 2 a.m. robbery at Hollywood Erotic Boutique, 3813 N. Division St. Police say he matched a description of the robber as “chubby” and “wearing blue parachute pants,” according to court documents.
The employee identified Turnipseed as one of two men who tied her up and stolen cash and merchandise from the store, including sex toys, smoking pipes and lingerie.
Police say Turnipseed had a phone in his pocket that matched the description of a phone stolen from the store, as well as smoking pipes with price tags still affixed. Turnipseed also had two bags with him, which were partially open and had sex toys inside, police said.
A second suspect has not been identified.
Turnipseed, a 2009 Crime Stoppers graduate, has previous convictions for assault, making false statements, robbery and probation violations.