Spokane police arrested a man Thursday evening they say plotted to rob a convenience store in Browne’s Addition.
Police responded to a report of a person with a weapon near the store at 6:30 p.m. and followed a man matching the description inside Sunset Grocery at 1908 W. Sunset Blvd. Officers apprehended the man, 28-year-old Justin Werle, while he walked to the checkout counter with his hand under his coat.
Police found a sawed-off shotgun in Werle’s jacket pocket. Werle became combative in the patrol car and had to be restrained, according to the police department.
Werle, a nine-time convicted felon, was booked into Spokane County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $35,000 at a hearing Friday afternoon.
A woman who identified herself as Werle’s mother told the judge her son walked to the store to protect a female cashier, who was concerned about recent robberies. Police said the store has been robbed twice this month already, in addition to two robberies last year.
Allergic reaction interrupts flight
A Delta flight from Vancouver, B.C., was forced to land in Spokane when a young child on board had an allergic reaction. The girl is recovering.
The plane, which was en route to Salt Lake City, landed at Spokane International Airport at 2:24 p.m., said airport spokesman Todd Woodard. The girl, who is toddler-age, was responsive. It is uncertain what caused her allergic reaction.
The family declined to have the girl transported to a hospital and planned to spend the night in Spokane to monitor her condition, Woodard said. The plane took off for Salt Lake City shortly after the emergency landing.