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‘Snitch’ assailant in robbery case sentenced

A man who helped rob a pharmacy last fall, then threatened a witness, will spend about 11 months in jail.

William E. Higgins, 22, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit first-degree armed burglary and received 11.25 months in jail and 12 months probation. The next day, he received four months in jail after pleading guilty to tampering with a witness and possession of a controlled substance.

Higgins waited in the car as when Ariel A. Arrieta robbed the Rite Aid at 5520 N. Division of OxyContin at gunpoint on Sept. 27. He posted bond but returned to jail March 17 after a witness in the case, Ben Rasmussen, said Higgins punched him and called him a “snitch” in a Deer Park park on March 6.

Rasmussen was charged with first-degree robbery for his alleged role in the heist earlier this month.

Arrieta, 21, pleaded guilty to conspiracy ton commit first-degree robbery and faces 20 to 30 months in prison when sentenced in August.

A fourth defendant, Jed L. Boles, 32. remains in jail.

April 19: Woman, 21, pleads guilty to Oxy robbery

April 14: Robbery tipster now accused of robbery

March 23: Police: Oxy robbery targeted witness

Oct. 19: 2 men sought in Spokane pharmacy robbery

Police: Oxy robbery suspect targeted witness

A Spokane man accused of helping a woman rob a pharmacy last fall is suspected of threatening a witness in the case.

William E. Higgins pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault and intimidating a witness today in Spokane County Superior Court. He’s been in jail since March 17, accused of punching a man who helped detectives identify suspects in the Sept. 27 robbery at Rite Aid, 5520 N. Division.

Higgins, who turned 22 today,  is charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly helping 20-year-old Ariel A. Arrieta rob that store of OxyContin.

He was out of jail on $10,00 bond but rearrested after witnesses said he attacked the man in a Deer Park park on March 6 and called him a “snitch.” Police already were aware of threatening phone calls Higgins made to the man, according to court documents.

Higgins remains in jail on $20,000 bond.

Past coverage:

2 men sought in Spokane pharmacy robbery

Warrant looks for bruises on Oxy suspect.

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