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Man gets 3 years for drug robbery

  A man who robbed a former sheriff's deputy with long intoxicated driving history has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Matthias “Payback” Piggot, 30, (right) robbed James L. Crabtree (left) on Jan. 21, 2011, at an apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon Avenue with a woman Crabtree said had been at his home two days earlier.

That woman, Sandy K. Perreira, 30, was sentenced to 15 months in prison in November after pleading guilty to residential burglary, third-degree assault and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Crabtree told police he grabbed a folding knife but dropped it after he was threatened with the hammer. He told his attackers he didn't have any drugs or money, so the two left with his checkbook, wallet and credit cards, according to court documents. Crabtree suffered a concussion in the attack.

Piggot's criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence and attempting to elude police.

In June, he was suspected of stabbing a man in Spokane Valley but an uncooperative victim halted the police probe. He also was present when Andrew T. Burns allegedly shot a man in June 2010.

Drug robbery targets chronic DUI suspect

A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff's deputy with a history of DUI crashes.

James L. Crabtree, 49, was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded “dope and money,” according to charging papers filed Wednesday against suspects Matthias “Payback” Piggot and Sandy K. Perreira, both 29 (pictured left to right). 

The man, who detectives believe was Piggot, had arrived at the apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon Avenue with a woman Crabtree said had been at his home two days earlier, police say. Detectives believe that woman was Perreira.

Crabtree told police he grabbed a folding knife but dropped it after he was threatened with the hammer. He told his attackers he didn't have any drugs or money, so the two left with his checkbook, wallet and credit cards, according to court documents. Crabtree suffered a concussion in the attack. His girlfriend, Cheryl L. Dassow, told police the robbers threatened to harm them further if they reported the attack.

Perreira faces an additional forgery charge for cashing a check on Crabtree's Numerica Credit Union account. She also faces drug and malicious mischief charges for an unrelated incident last December. 

Piggot's criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence and attempting to elude police. In June, he was suspected of stabbing a man in Spokane Valley but an uncooperative victim halted the police probe. He also was present when Andrew T. Burns allegedly shot a man last June.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Piggot, who last gave an address in the 2900 block of North Maple Road, and Perreira, who last gave an address in the 800 block of East Sitka Avenue.

Anyone with information on their locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

In November, Crabtree, (left) who worked as a Spokane County sheriff's deputy in the 1980s and caused a crash that injured Lt. Earl Howerton in 2001, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after motorists noticed him passing out at the wheel of his Cadillac and blocked in his car. Police found an open can of Four Loko in the car. But Crabtree's blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit for driving, and prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.

Man in closed probe jailed on meth charge

Police aren't investigating an allegation he stabbed someone in Spokane Valley on Memorial Day, but a traffic stop involving Matthias Piggot led to the suspect being jailed on a drug charge two nights ago.

Piggot, 28, posted bond after appearing in Superior Court Thursday on one count of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested with suspected methamphetamine after Spokane police saw him driving on Stevens near Francis on Wednesday and learned his driver's license was suspended.

On May 31, Spokane Valley police searched Piggot's home at 2923 N. Maple Road in Millwood and retrieved the knife believe to have been used in a stabbing. But the investigation ended when the victim refused to cooperate.

The same home was searched in a drug investigation last December. A Spokane police officer recognized Piggot from that search when he saw him in traffic Wednesday, according to an affidavit supporting the meth possession charge.

Piggot is to be arraigned June 23.

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June 8: Uncooperative victim halts stabbing probe

Uncooperative victim halts stabbing probe

A stabbing in Spokane Valley injured a man and led to a raid at a suspect’s apartment last week, but police say they aren’t pursuing the investigation because the victim isn’t cooperating.

“The truth of the matter is we have victims who want us to help them, so that’s where we tend to focus our effort,” said Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Police searched 2923 N. Maple Road in Millwood May 31 and retrieved the knife believe to have been used to stab Joshua Vandouris, as well as bloody clothes and gang-related drawings.

The same home was searched in December in a drug investigation targeting Matthias “Payback” Piggot, 28. Vandouris first told police Piggot stabbed him but then recanted the story, according to a search warrant.

Tara Rader told police she’d driven Vanouris to the home to collect money from Piggot and watched the two argue before Piggot wielded a knife.

“She said that Vandouris told her he didn’t want to go to the hospital but he said he was afraid he was going to die,” according to the warrant.

Another witness told police Piggot had hosed off the porch at the Maple Road home shortly after the stabbing.

Detectives have retrieved the weapon, but “as far as I know, nothing beyond that,” Reagan said. “Again, nobody wants our assistance.”

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