August 19, 2013

Police end standoff, arrest robbery suspect

Dozens of officers swarmed South Perry neighborhood
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Dozens of police swarmed the South Perry neighborhood and arrested a suspected bank robber who had holed up inside of a house.

Hostage negotiators used a bullhorn to communicate with a man believed to be Scott Ruziecki, a 41-year-old suspected of robbing at least three banks this month.

The standoff paralyzed the neighborhood surrounding the 600 block of South Arthur Monday evening and the Spokane County Sheriff’s office used a helicopter to shine a light on the house.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Friday issued a public safety alert regarding Ruziecki, who had threatened to shoot police if confronted.

Police arrived on scene about 6:30 p.m.

Spokane Police Sgt. Lydia Taylor said when police first made contact with people inside the home, which is on the northeast corner of Newark and Arthur, other people in the home left. They were interviewed by police and confirmed that Ruziecki was inside. Taylor said she did not know how the alleged robber knew the residents of the home.

He surrendered about 9:45 p.m.

Dakota Numbers, who lives nearby, said he saw Ruziecki surrender with his hands on his head to police through what appears to be an attic window in the back of the house.

Spokane County property records show that the home, 653 S. Arthur St., is owned by Lawrence Knott. Neighbors said he lives in the home with his mother, Polly Knott.

Several blocks of Arthur, the main entrance from the north to the South Perry District was closed for several hours.

Taylor said Ruziecki is expected to be booked into the Spokane County Jail on counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree theft. Police remain on scene to search the home.


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