Residents chased down an armed teenager who left a Spokane Valley restaurant without paying for his meal, deputies said.
The incident began about 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Denny’s at Pines and Sprague.
Witnesses said the gunman - 18-year-old Timothy Moore - ate then ran out of the restaurant.
A 32-year-old restaurant patron gave chase and confronted Moore near Sprague and Robie.
Moore pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and threatened to shoot the man if he didn’t stop following him, deputies said.
Instead, the customer slammed Moore into a parked car. The gunman bounced off the car and continued running, and several other people joined the chase, deputies said.
Moore ducked into a nearby alley and approached a man sitting in a car. Someone yelled that Moore was armed, and the driver grabbed the teenager before he could pull out his gun again, deputies said.
The group then wrestled Moore to the ground and held him until authorities arrived and took him to jail, where he was booked on one count of armed robbery.
No one was injured. , DataTimes