March 12, 1998 in Washington Voices

Woman Punched By Thief

By The Spokesman-Review
 

An 18-year-old Spokane Valley woman was robbed and hit in the head with brass knuckles after she stopped for a man who jumped in front of her car.

The victim told police she had seen her attacker minutes earlier in the passenger seat of a pickup truck parked at a convenience store near Pines and 32nd Avenue. She had stopped at the store just after midnight Thursday to buy cigarettes on her way home, sheriff’s deputies said.

A few blocks from the store, the man jumped in front of her car, forcing her to slow down, sheriff’s deputies said. When she rolled down her window to speak to him, he reached in and put her car in park.

He then told her, “Give me everything you’ve got. I’ve got a gun,” according to police reports.

After she handed him her checkbook and cigarettes, the suspect demanded a tool box he saw inside the car, sheriff’s deputies said. The woman refused, telling him it didn’t belong to her.

According to the victim, the suspect told her, “Hey, I’ve been nice. I haven’t done anything to you yet.”

When the woman continued to balk at giving up the tool box, the suspect punched her in the side of the head with brass knuckles.

He then left, taking the tool box, sheriff’s deputies said.

The victim described the suspect as white, about 21 years old, 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was clean shaven with light brown hair and light eyes.

He left in a dark blue or black pickup truck. The driver was a white female, also about 21 years old, with brown hair.

No arrests have been made.

The victim did not require medical treatment, sheriff’s deputies said.

, DataTimes


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