October 30, 2009 in City

Three men questioned in string of robberies

By The Spokesman-Review

Man sought in holdup

Police on Thursday identified a suspect in an unrelated robbery, a Sept. 29 holdup at Papa John’s at 920 W. Indiana Ave.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Justin J. Ellery, 24, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111.

Three men arrested after an armed robbery Wednesday night are being questioned about a string of robberies in Spokane County in the past month.

Nedzad Mesanovic, 20, of Spokane; Miroslav Veselinovic, 22, of Spokane; and Reza Abghari, 26, of Colbert, were driving a dark Ford Taurus that a Spokane police officer recognized from a robbery report at the Zip Trip at 711 W. Hastings, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

In light of a recent string of robberies, the officer headed toward a convenience store at Francis Avenue and Elgin Street, where he spotted a similar-looking Taurus parked behind a nearby fence.

The men sped away in the car, according to the Sheriff’s Office, but were stopped by several patrol officers who found cigars stolen in the earlier robbery and “a realistic-looking pellet gun,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Abghari has a record that includes a conviction for third-degree assault and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in 2005 for shooting a teenage girl between the eyes “while pretending to be a gangster,” according to previously published reports.

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