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Masked Men Wielding Shotguns Break Into Home As Woman Sleeps

Thu., May 2, 1996

Masked men armed with shotguns burst into a Spokane Valley home early Tuesday, ransacked the house and stole an undisclosed amount of money from a woman inside.

The 36-year-old woman was asleep in a bedroom about 1 a.m. when the men broke the window on the living room door and entered the house in the 4200 block of North Avalon, said sheriff’s Lt. David Wiyrick.

The men rifled through the living room, searching for valuables, then demanded money from the woman, deputies said. They then fled the house.

Both robbers wore black ski masks, camouflage pants and shirts, and gloves, the woman told deputies. She was not injured.

Teen beaten, robbed

A teenager was robbed at gunpoint and beaten Friday night while he walked through a parking lot behind a Valley business.

The 16-year-old victim told deputies five teenagers drove up to him in a black Ford Escort about 8:30 p.m. The teens jumped out of the car and confronted the victim in a parking lot in the 12600 block of East Sprague.

One teen pointed a gun at the victim’s chest, Wiyrick said.

The teens reportedly took an undisclosed amount of money and personal belongings. They then hit the victim in the chest, arm and back of the head, deputies said.

During the beating, the gunman hit the victim in the forehead with the butt of the gun, Wiyrick said. The victim was not seriously injured.

The teens, ranging in age from 15 to 17, fled in the 1980s Ford, which has a back spoiler, is lowered and has a chrome gas cover, deputies said.

Teens beat boy, apologize

Three teenagers assaulted and tried to rob a boy who was walking along the Centennial Trail last Wednesday.

Later, two of the teens returned and apologized to the victim.

A 14-year-old victim told deputies he was walking along the trail east of Sullivan Road about 6:30 p.m. when he encountered a small group of teenagers.

The three teens stopped the boy and one punched him in the mouth, deputies said. Another reportedly demanded the boy’s wallet and asked how much money he had.

When the boy told them he only had a little money, the teens left, Wiyrick said. The boy’s wallet and money were not taken.

Then two of the teenaged attackers did a curious thing. They returned and apologized.

Deputies are still searching for the boy’s attackers.

, DataTimes

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