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Woman Deposits Money, Then Is Mugged By Man

A man roughed up a woman while stealing her purse Saturday in a Spokane Valley parking lot.

The 41-year-old woman was walking to her car at the U.S. Bank, 15426 E. Sprague, about 2 a.m. when the man attacked her from behind, Sheriff’s Lt. David Wiyrick said.

The woman, who works at Wickerbill Tavern on East Trent, had just deposited money at the bank. The tavern’s money bag was in her purse when the thief grabbed it.

She yelled for help while struggling to hang on to her purse and was thrown to the ground. The woman was not seriously injured.

The thief ripped the purse from its straps and ran away with it.

Several employees from the nearby Best Products Co. store chased the thief several blocks on foot to the area of Second Avenue and Progress Road. There he took the money bag from the purse and threw the hand bag away.

He continued running, got into an orange or bronze Toyota that was waiting in the 15100 block of East Fourth and sped off.

Witnesses said a woman between 30 and 40 years old with wavy, blonde hair that hung past her shoulders was driving.

The thief was described as 25 to 30 years old, between 5-foot-8 and 6-foot-2, weighing between 170 and 190 pounds. He has brown hair.

Man stabbed by his son

Deputies charged a 16-year-old with stabbing his father during a fight in their apartment late last Wednesday.

The boy was arrested for second-degree assault, a felony, and was booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.

The father was taken to Valley Hospital and Medical Center where he was treated for a stab wound to his chest.

When deputies arrived at the apartment at 10101 E. Main at about 11 p.m., they found Dan Arrotta, 31, holding a blood-soaked rag to his chest.

Arrotta told deputies the fight started when he told his son to get off the phone and the teenager refused.

Arrotta said he jerked the phone cord out of the wall, and, as the two scuffled, the boy grabbed a kitchen and stabbed him, Wiyrick said.

Man’s wallet taken

A 75-year-old Valley man who offered to help a teenager who said he had run out of gas had his wallet stolen early Saturday.

The victim told deputies the teenager came to his house about 2 a.m. and asked to borrow a gas can. The man gave him a gas can and the teenager left.

A few minutes later, the teenager returned and asked the victim if he could borrow money to buy gas.

When the victim took out his wallet to get some money, the teenager grabbed the wallet and ran.

The wallet contained credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash.

, DataTimes