March 31, 2011 in City

Suspect in 3 robberies blames heroin addiction

By The Spokesman-Review
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Joseph Maine, then 22, witnessed the one-car accident at 32nd and Ray, April 1, 2010, and raced to the scene with a car jack to assist the father and three children trapped in the car.
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A man suspected of robbing three Spokane convenience stores told police he was an unemployed heroin addict with a family to support, according to court documents.

Joseph D. Maine, 23, was arrested Wednesday for robberies Saturday at Mike’s Grocery, 2025 N. Hamilton St., and at Zip Trip, 2005 N. Hamilton, and the Broadway Mini Market, 10304 E. Broadway Ave., on Sunday.

The victims on Sunday reported seeing the butt of a handgun in the robber’s waistband.

Maine told friends he robbed the stores because he needed money to pay bills, police say. The robber at Mike’s Grocery reportedly told the clerk “Sorry, bro. Gotta pay the bills,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

A tip led police to Maine, who told officers he used a BB gun during the robberies and “even apologized to the clerks because he had bills to pay,” according to the affidavit.

Police seized a black Daisy BB gun from a home where Maine was staying in the 3800 block of South Bowdish Road. Police also found drugs in Maine’s jeans and noted in the affidavit that Maine asked them to “remove used needles from under his daughter’s mattress.”

Maine served time in jail last year for several counts of third-degree driving while license suspended.

He also helped rescue a man and three children trapped after a one-car crash on the South Hill last April.

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