Suspected robber arrested after standoff
A man police believe robbed a coffee stand was arrested Friday after a SWAT team standoff.
Shawn Michael Westlie, 41, hid inside a home in the 2100 block of Montgomery Avenue in west Spokane when police arrived about 3:30 p.m. but surrendered about 90 minutes later without incident, said Officer Glenn Bartlett.
Detectives believe Westlie robbed Best Espresso, 5226 N. Division St., at gunpoint Wednesday, Bartlett said. The robber had a silver handgun and matched the description of a would-be robber earlier that day at the Jack in the Box restaurant at Hawthorne Road and North Division about 3 miles away, but police don’t know if the crimes are connected, Bartlett said.
“We’re definitely looking into it,” Bartlett said. Police didn’t find a gun on Westlie Friday but were preparing to search the home about 6 p.m.
Westlie has a history of burglary and theft dating back to at least 1997, according to news archives.