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In brief: One of two men arrested in mugging

Wed., March 26, 2014

A Spokane man had his car, wallet and dog stolen at gunpoint outside his home Monday night by two men. One of the suspects has been arrested.

The dog and second suspect remain unaccounted for, police said.

Police arrested Jeremy Neal, 28, as he drove the victim’s car, a white Pontiac Sunfire, around 10:45 p.m. Monday, according to court documents. Neal led officers on a chase, crashed the car into a retaining wall near Gonzaga Prep, and then tried to flee on foot.

The victim told police that Neal and another man mugged him as he gathered his belongings at his car.

The second suspect, described as a dark-skinned man standing about 5-foot-8, weighing about 170 pounds, pointed a gun at the victim’s head. He demanded the victim’s car keys and wallet, then ripped the victim’s shirt off and grabbed the dog.

The victim sprinted away from the suspects, who left in his car and a black SUV described in court documents as possibly a Lincoln Navigator with gold trim.

Man holds up ice cream store

An armed robber stole cash from a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop Tuesday.

Spokane police are investigating the 2:30 p.m. robbery near the corner of Northwest Boulevard and North Monroe Street. The suspect is a white male about 30 years old, 6 feet tall, and wearing a gray jacket and a gray hat. He flashed a gun and demanded money, police said.

Police were called to a second armed robbery at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. A man showed a gun and demanded cash from an employee at the Sunny Buns Tanning Salon at 2821 E. 27th Ave. Witnesses described him as a white man with a medium build wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses, police Lt. Dean Sprague said.

They are the 10th and 11th robberies of small shops in the past month, mostly of espresso stands and sandwich shops. Guns were used in most of the robberies. Police say a burgundy-colored Chrysler PT Cruiser may be involved in some of the crimes.


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