July 13, 2011 in City

Police seek ex-con in assault and robbery case

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Spokane Police Department photo

Kenneth J. Kheel
(Full-size photo)

Suspect arrested

Kheel was arrested early Wednesday Read more at the Sirens & Gavels blog

A Spokane man who went to prison for a fight with off-duty police officers in 2009 is now wanted on robbery and kidnapping charges.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Kenneth J. Kheel, who is accused with Jarred T. Many, 22, of robbing two men at 1124 W. Nora Ave. on June 17.

Many was arrested at the home about 10:30 p.m. Monday by Spokane police SWAT team members and hostage negotiators, according to a news release. Police pumped tear gas into the home and found Anthony L. Haines, 24, hiding in the basement but not Kheel.

Haines was arrested on unrelated warrants; Kheel, 21, is still at large.

Police believe Many and Kheel escorted inside two men who showed up at the home to buy a ring last month, then pushed them to the floor and beat and pistol whipped them before holding them at gunpoint and stealing money. One of the men allegedly held the victims inside the home as his accomplice retrieved additional cash from the victims’ car.

The robbers, one of whom was wearing a gas mask, also allegedly threatened to kill the victims if they called police, according to court documents. One of the men also grabbed a knife from one of the victims and threatened him, police said.

Spokane police major crimes Detective Neil Gallion developed information identifying Many and Kheel as suspects, according to a news release.

Kheel was released from prison last September after being sentenced in June 2009 to two years in prison with credit for 143 days served for second-degree assault. He had been arrested in January 2009 after Brad Thoma, then an off-duty Spokane police sergeant, suffered a minor stab wound during a confrontation with Kheel outside the Steam Plant Grill.

Thoma said Kheel and another man were harassing his fiancee, Spokane Police Officer Amy Ross.


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