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Two suspected accomplices have been charged with robbing a Spokane clinic of prescription drugs in December.
Shawn Savynjo Struck, 41, was arrested this weekend on a second-degree robbery charge for allegedly helping Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley rob the Spokane Falls Family Clinic, 120 W. Mission Ave. on Dec. 29. He remains in jail on $25,000 bond after appearing in court today.
Riley (pictured) was armed with a paintball gun when he robbed the clinic, police say. Struck held the door open for him, police say, and suspect Mary Jane Eilliot, 30, is accused of driving the getaway car. Elliot is wanted on a $30,000 warrant for second-degree robbery.
Riley pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempted second-degree robbery and second-degree robbery for the December case and for a gunpoint home-invasion robbery last August. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
Riley told Elliott he shot the pharmacist with his paintball gun and someone threw a bottle of Hydrocodone at him, according to court documents. Elliott said she drove Riley to the clinic in exchange for 45 pills, police say.
Riley's girlfriend, Erica M. Solberg, is charged with witness tampering for allegedly intimidating a witness in the case.
Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley, 26, is in jail on a first-degree robbery charge for the Dec. 29 drug heist at the Spokane Falls Family Clinic, 120 W. Mission Ave.
Sheriff's deputies seized the black Volvo used in he robbery from a parking lot at 921 S. Pines Road in Spokane Valley later that night. The owner said a man named Corey had borrowed the car and returned with a bag full of Hydrocodone pills. A week later, a jail inmate identified Riley as being responsible for the robbery.
One woman also told police a friend of her son's - who she later identified as Riley - had bragged about robbing the pharmacy and had talked about planning more robberies, including attacks on pharmacy delivery vehicles, according to court documents. Police say the man's cell phone was registered to Riley, which led them to search his home the 2300 block of North Hutchinson on Jan. 19, according to a search warrant.
Detectives say the Volvo's owner told them in another interview on Jan. 25 that she'd driven Riley to the clinic in exchange for 45 Hydrocodone pills. Riley told her he shot the pharmacist with his paintball gun and someone threw a bottle of Hydrocodone at him, according to court documents. She has not yet been charged.
Riley was arrested after a pursuit with sheriff's deputies on Jan. 27 near 9526 E. Broadway Ave. He remains in jail on $100,000 for second-degree robbery.
RIley also has a $150,000 bond for first-degree burglary and robbery charges for an alleged gunpoint home-invasion robbery last August. He was charged in that case in December but showed up for an arraignment and was out of jail awaiting trial when he allegedly robbed the pharmacy.
Spokane police are looking for tips on a serial robber suspected of targeting Hillyard convenience stores.
The latest holdup occurred Friday when police say a man with a handgun stole money from the Qwik Stop, 3021 E. Wellesley Ave., about 12:45 a.m. after pulling a black and white scarf over his face. He’s described as in his 20s with dark complexion, 6 feet tall and average build. He wore a black coat and blue jeans.
The same gunman is believed to have robbed two other Hillyard stores three times late last month, Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said today.
Surveillance photos from Conoco, 3501 E. Francis Ave., show a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt pointing a gun at a clerk and demanding cash on Oct. 24 about 7:45 p.m.
The same robber is believed to have struck Kwik Stop & Go, 4713 N. Crestline, the mornings of Oct. 23 and Oct. 24.
Anyone with information on a suspect is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.