November 12, 2010 in City

Man, 2 teens arrested after failed home robbery

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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A 20-year-old man and two teenage boys arrested in an attempted home invasion Thursday apparently targeted the home because they knew the owner’s son.

David N. Randall, of Spokane Valley, told police he and the teens, ages 15 and 16, intended to rob the homeowner when they arrived at 2811 S. Havana St. with latex gloves, zip ties and two guns.

But the would-be robbers hadn’t counted on the victim’s resistance, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the would-be robbers pointed a gun in the homeowner’s face after another knocked on his door and asked for his son about 5:40 p.m., according to court documents. The homeowner then shut the door.

Police spotted the suspects walking nearby on 29th Avenue near South Cherry Lane.

Randall was ordered to stay in Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bail Friday after appearing in Superior Court on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.

The teens were booked in Spokane County Juvenile Detention on the same charges. The 15-year-old also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Sheriff’s deputies say one of the teens said they planned to rob the man because they knew his son and believed he “was rich because he had a big house,” according to a probable cause affidavit supporting charges against Randall. The robbers said they intended to target a safe inside the home.

Randall told police they planned to restrain the victim with the zip ties, according to the affidavit.

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