November 20, 1997 in Idaho

Police Arrest Third Teenager In Cda Robbery, Stabbing

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Police arrested a third teenager Wednesday afternoon in connection with the robbery and killing of a 70-year-old Coeur d’Alene man.

The 17-year-old boy has admitted being the other teenager inside Patrick Victorino’s house when he was stabbed to death, said Coeur d’Alene police Capt. Carl Bergh. The Coeur d’Alene teen is being held on a robbery charge, Bergh said.

Formal charges against the teen are expected to be filed today by prosecutors. Police are withholding his name until a determination is made whether he will be tried as an adult.

Another 17-year-old and a 16-year-old have been charged as adults in the Victorino robbery and murder. Another teenage boy and girl still are being sought for questioning in the case.

“The two individuals inside the Victorino residence when the robbery and stabbing took place and the driver of the car that was waiting are now all in custody,” Bergh said.

David Woffenden, 17, told police following his arrest Monday afternoon that he had to kill his friend’s grandfather because the man recognized him, according to court records.

Woffenden is being held without bail in the Kootenai County Jail. He is charged as an adult with murder and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Joshua Scott, 16, turned himself in to police Monday and has been charged as an accomplice for allegedly driving the getaway car. Scott faces an adult charge of conspiracy to commit robbery and is being held in jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

The third teen was arrested Wednesday after an appointment with his probation officer, Bergh said.

The three teens were part of a group that planned the robbery Sunday while Woffenden was baby-sitting, according to court records.

Woffenden went to Victorino’s house before the robbery to look for the man’s grandson, who neighbors said had moved out this summer. Woffenden then returned to where he had been baby-sitting and told the teens he knew where they could get some money, court records said.

As many as five teens piled into Scott’s blue, 1983 Chevrolet Caprice, police said. They took along two kitchen knives, court records said.

Scott dropped Woffenden and another boy off in the alley behind Victorino’s house and was told to wait a couple of houses away, police said. Meanwhile, Woffenden and the teen arrested Wednesday slipped T-shirts over their faces and went in the back gate, according to police.

They knocked on Victorino’s door Sunday night, records said. When the man opened the door, the teens demanded he lay on the floor, court records said.

Police say Victorino began to struggle with Woffenden almost immediately. He tried to hit Woffenden, who told police he stopped Victorino’s advance with a kitchen knife, the records state.

Woffenden stabbed Victorino four times in the chest and back before the knife bent, court records said. He then turned to the second teen inside Victorino’s house, asked for his knife and continued stabbing him, court records state.

“Woffenden said after (Victorino) identified him he had to kill him,” Coeur d’Alene police Lt. Walt Roeske told a judge Tuesday during a hearing to establish probable cause to charge Woffenden and Scott.

Eventually, police said, the teens scooped up a shoe box that Victorino kept money in, kicked out the glass on the back door and ran to a car waiting in an alley.

A neighbor saw them climb over the fence and run to the waiting car, police said.

Victorino apparently struggled to a back bedroom where a neighbor found him a few minutes later curled up on the floor. An autopsy determined Victorino died from multiple stab wounds.

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