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Pullman police are asking for help identifying two men involved in a home-invasion robbery Tuesday. 

Surveillance videos shows the suspects, described as white men between the ages of 21 and 25. 

One man wore jeans, a red undershirt and a black and white plaid long-sleeved shirt; the second man wrote denim shorts, white shoes, a hat and a gray sweatshirt and had tattoos on his lower left leg. 

The men are believed to have robbed a man at gunpoint at the Aspen Village Apartments in the 16000 block of N.E. Northwood Drive.

The robbers stole items and tied up the victim before leaving the home, police said. No one was injured. Police were called about 11 a.m.

A white woman with blond hair, a yellow shirt and a tattoo on the right side of her neck is seen with the suspects, who are believed to be driving a light-colored, mid-sized SUV.

Anyone with information on the robbery or suspects is asked to call the Pullman Police Department at (509) 334-0802.

Tips sought on robbery victim, suspect

UPDATE: Vanscoik and Dahlen were booked into jail on May 13.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest both the victim and suspect in a home-invasion robbery that occurred one year ago Wednesday.

Aaron T. Vanscoik, 19, (left) pleaded guilty to residential burglary, second-degree assault and second-degree robbery in a plea agreement that calls for prosecutors to recommend an exceptionally low sentence of credit for time served.

Vanscoik is to testify truthfully about the incident, including the roles of Levi Ehli and Brittany Cesario, according to the agreement.

 Ehli and Cesario are the only suspects who haven't resolved their charges in the case, which began when several people assaulted William Hans Dahlen, 52, in his home at 2922 E. Providence Ave. on May 11, 2010.

Vanscoik was allowed to leave jail after his plea agreement, but an arrest warrant was issued May 5 after he failed to maintain curfew and check in with the court as required.

Crime Stoppers also is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Dahlen (right), who's wanted on a material witness warrant to ensure his appearance at trial. Cesario's is set to begin May 23; Ehli's is scheduled for June 6. 

Dahlen is the ex-boyfriend of Lisa Jo Wareham, who told police she recruited Ehli (her son) and others to give Dahlen "a taste of his own bulls**t," according to an affidavit.

"She said that no one was supposed to get hurt except "maybe a broken kneecap was OK," according to the affidavit.

Wareham (left) was sentenced to 92 months in prison in March after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, second-degree robbery and first-degree theft.

Co-defendant Braiden M. Conner was sentenced to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to burglary and assault charges; Tony A. Darling was sentenced to 30 years in prison in another case in which Vanscoik was a witness. Darling's sentencing was a plea deal to avoid a three-strikes life-in-prison sentence.

Vanscoik, 5-foot-7 and 200 pounds, last gave a home address in the 3900 block of East Eighth Avenue.

Dahlen, 5-foot-5 and 200 pounds, last gave an address in the 1800 block of East Rockwell Avenue.

Anyone with information on their current locations is asked to call at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don't have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Woman convicted in Craigslist killing

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman for her role in a fatal home-invasion robbery in Washington state that was linked to an Internet ad for a diamond ring.

The trial of 22-year-old Amanda Knight went to the Pierce County jury Wednesday. Jurors returned the guilty verdict Thursday on charges of murder, robbery and assault.

Knight's lawyer argued Knight was forced to participate by Kiyoshi Higashi, who already has been convicted of shooting Jim Sanders in front of his family last April at his Edgewood home. Higashi was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
The News Tribune reports two other men, Clabon Berniard and Joshua Reese, have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and await trial.
Detectives allege the four went to Sanders' home posing as customers who wanted to buy a diamond ring that Sanders posted for sale on Craigslist.

Robber targets couple in Valley home

A man at the door of a Spokane Valley home pushed his way into the residence and robbed a couple in their 60s, police said today.

The robber knocked on the couple’s door about 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, asked for someone named Steve and then forced his way inside demanding money.

The robber pushed the husband over the couch and grabbed the wife’s purse and ran out. The purse contained credit cards and other items.

Officers and a K-9 team checked the area, but were unable to find the man, described as white, in his mid-20s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10 and unshaven with dark hair and dark eyes. He was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt and khaki-colored pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

3 arrested in Cheney home robbery

Three suspects have been charged  in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery in Cheney last week.

Merle Leon Weeks, 17, Meshion M. Woodruff, 19, and Samuel Chavez, 23, are accused of breaking into their marijuana dealer's home, handcuffing and binding him with an iPod cord and stealing cash, pot and electronics.

Weeks appeared in Superior Court today on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment. Woodruff appeared in court Tuesday. Both are in the Spokane County Jail, along with Chavez.

The robbery occurred at March 21 at 15 N. 3rd St.

The victim, David K. Lindsay, 25, went to the Cheney police station at 2:30 a.m. and said two men broke into his home with guns and told him they were the police before ransacking him home. .

Weeks "was a bit emotional" when he was arrested Friday at 620 W. 7th St., in Cheney, and apologized to his mother as he was led to the police car, according to court documents.

He gave a detailed interview to police and has been charged as an adult.

Tuna, lost wallet busts robbery suspect

A box of Chicken of the Sea tuna and a lost wallet recently led to felony charges against a Spokane man suspected of robbing a medical marijuana patient at gunpoint.

Jesse Ryder Bender, 29, is in jail on $35,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court on two counts of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of first-degree robbery. He was arrested Feb. 21 after being released from jail Jan. 3 because prosecutors hadn't yet filed charges.

Bender was first arrested Dc. 30 while working at the High Nooner in downtown Spokane.

Detectives identified Bender as a suspect through a wallet left at the scene of the Dec. 28 robbery , in the 8000 block of E. South Riverway Ave. in Spokane Valley. Fingerprints on a box of Chicken of Sea also were identified as belonging to Bender, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police say Bender asked a woman at the home if she'd ordered Chicken of the Sea when she answered the door, then forced his way into the home and gunpoint and tied the woman up. Her son had a medical marijuana card and maintained a small grow operation at the home.

Bender and another man not identified in court documents are accused of binding the woman and her other son with zip ties and stealing marijuana plants while the pot patient was at work.

Detectives discovered Bender's wallet in the grow room and contacted him at the sandwich shop, where he told them he may have lost his wallet on the bus.

Drug robbery targets chronic DUI suspect

A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff's deputy with a history of DUI crashes.

James L. Crabtree, 49, was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded "dope and money," according to charging papers filed Wednesday against suspects Matthias "Payback" Piggot and Sandy K. Perreira, both 29 (pictured left to right). 

The man, who detectives believe was Piggot, had arrived at the apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon Avenue with a woman Crabtree said had been at his home two days earlier, police say. Detectives believe that woman was Perreira.

Crabtree told police he grabbed a folding knife but dropped it after he was threatened with the hammer. He told his attackers he didn't have any drugs or money, so the two left with his checkbook, wallet and credit cards, according to court documents. Crabtree suffered a concussion in the attack. His girlfriend, Cheryl L. Dassow, told police the robbers threatened to harm them further if they reported the attack.

Perreira faces an additional forgery charge for cashing a check on Crabtree's Numerica Credit Union account. She also faces drug and malicious mischief charges for an unrelated incident last December. 

Piggot's criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence and attempting to elude police. In June, he was suspected of stabbing a man in Spokane Valley but an uncooperative victim halted the police probe. He also was present when Andrew T. Burns allegedly shot a man last June.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Piggot, who last gave an address in the 2900 block of North Maple Road, and Perreira, who last gave an address in the 800 block of East Sitka Avenue.

Anyone with information on their locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

In November, Crabtree, (left) who worked as a Spokane County sheriff's deputy in the 1980s and caused a crash that injured Lt. Earl Howerton in 2001, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after motorists noticed him passing out at the wheel of his Cadillac and blocked in his car. Police found an open can of Four Loko in the car. But Crabtree's blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit for driving, and prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.

Suspect: Gunfire, robbery targeted meth

A suspect in a home-invasion robbery in which a woman was shot told police he intended to steal two ounces of methamphetamine, according to court documents filed Monday.

 Bradley Bain Cooper, 36, is jailed on $250,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Monday on a first-degree burglary charge.

He was arrested with a BB gun after an officer spotted him running from 11309 E. 40th Ave., just after the robbery was reported about 12:34 a.m. on Sunday.

The victim, Tammi L. Putnam, was shot in each leg and lost a tooth during the altercation in the kitchen. The men fled empty handed.

Putnam was treated at a hospital for a pellet wound to each thigh as well as her mouth injury.

“She told officers she had no idea what the suspects were looking for, but that she did occasionally provide housing to people who use controlled substances,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Cooper, a repeat offender with several felony convictions, told police his friend, whose name has not been released, shot the woman.

Woman shot, loses tooth in break-in

A Spokane Valley woman who admitted to housing drug users suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh and lost a tooth during an attempted home-invasion robbery early Sunday.

One man remains at large, but, Spokane Valley police arrested suspect Bradley Bain Cooper, 36, a longtime felon who they say was carrying a high-powered BB or airsoft gun shortly after the incident.

Police believe Cooper and the other man broke into the woman's home in the 11300 block of East 40th Avenue wearing gloves and ski masks. The woman fought the first man until a second man appeared with a handgun and threatened to shoot her, police said.

The woman realized she'd been shot in the thigh and soon lost a tooth during the altercation in the kitchen. The men fled empty handed. The woman was treated at a hospital for a pellet wound to each thigh as well as her mouth injury.

"She told officers she had no idea what the suspects were looking for, but that she did occasionally provide housing to people who use controlled substances," according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Cooper is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon via video from the jail, where he was booked on one count of first-degree burglary.

He's a repeat offender whose previous convictions include first-degree possession of stolen property, first-degree theft, second-degree burglary, hit and run, and domestic violence harassment and at least seven probation violations, according to a 2008 Crime Stoppers news release.

Anyone with information about Sunday's incident is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Robbery targets medical pot patient

A home-invasion robbery targeting a medical marijuana patient led to the arrests of two suspects this week.

Nicholas S. Gardner, 28, and his girlfriend, Jill A. Benton, 26, are in jail on robbery, assault and kidnapping charges for allegedly attacking John J. Beck, 30, on Jan. 15 at his home in the 5400 block of North Lincoln Street. 

Beck has a medical marijuana prescription and grows a small amount in his basement, according to police. He'd met Benton on two occasions when she stopped by about 12:30 p.m. last Friday and stayed for about 10 minutes.

About 15 minutes after she left, two men - one with a gun and the other with a baseball bat - knocked on Beck's back door, then pushed him into the house, according to police.

They asked where his "stash" was and tied Beck's hands behind his back and feet together using electrical cords. One of the robbers said "we got the gimp" during a phone call, then fled, Beck told police.

Benton told police she'd stopped by Beck's to look for her $350 sunglasses. She said "she has no idea about any robbery," Spokane police wrote in a search warrant. But police say her phone records showed a call just before 1 p.m. through a tower near Beck's home.

Gardner was given $150,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Thursday. Benton's bond is at $20,000. A third suspect has not been identified.

Man jailed for drunk chat w/ off-duty cop

A home-invasion robbery suspect set to go to trial next month is back in jail after the Spokane police detective who investigated the case said the man drunkenly approached him at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

 Nathaniel Jay Dishneau, 30, was prohibited from leaving Spokane County or contacting case witnesses when he approached Detective L. Tofsrud Sept. 3 about 7 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and said, “You know I can’t do life, man,” according to court documents, apparently a reference to Dishneau’s possible consequences under the state’s three-strikes law.

Dishneau was arrested over the weekend after prosecutors alleged he violated his release conditions on burglary, assault and armed robbery charges when he left the county and approached a witness.

Prosecutors wanted $750,000 bail; Superior Court Judge Michael Price imposed $50,000. Dishneau already was out on $35,000 bond. Dishneau’s lawyer, Stephen Heintz, had asked for his client to be released on his own recognizance, saying he’s kept in great contact about the upcoming trial.

Police say Dishneau is a gang member. His criminal history includes several assault convictions, including convictions tied to a shooting in 1998 outside a fast-food restaurant, and to a shooting in 2004 at a Spokane Valley restaurant.

His new charges stem from an alleged home-invasion robbery at 1618 E. Liberty on Christmas Eve. Witnesses said Dishneau was armed with a gun when he and two other men burst in stole electronics.

Detective Tofsrud was off-duty at the resort earlier this month when Dishneau approached with a cup of beer.

“Dishneau appeared emotional and indicated that he wanted to talk to me about this investigation and the fact that he was being criminally charged,” according to a police report.

Dishneau denied have a gun during the incident and said he’d “just went over there to get my stuff back,” Tofsrud wrote. Dishneau continued to drink his beer, told the detective he has children “and wanted me to consider this as a deciding factor in whether or not he should be incarcerated,” Tofsrud wrote.

Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla was notified of the contact and issued an arrest warrant on Friday. Dishneau remains in the Spokane County Jail.

Under 3-strikes law, robbers’ fates differ

A Spokane man whose accomplice is serving a life sentence for a home investigation robbery last year was sentenced recently to eight years in prison. 

Derick D. Taylor, 30, (pictured) pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted first-degree robbery and was ordered to serve nearly 97 months in prison.

The convictions stem from March 2009 when Taylor and Thomas A. Butler, 26, forced their way into a home at 4113 E. 16th Ave., where three Eastern Washington University seniors lived.

One of the residents shot Butler, who was then convicted by a jury of six felonies last April and sentenced to life in prison without parole under the state’s three-strikes law.

Detectives believe the men had an inflated impression of what they might find in the home.

Taylor originally was charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery, burglary and two counts of first-degree assault. He was sentenced Sept. 20 by Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque.

Tips sought on alleged armed robber

An alleged home-invasion robber is wanted by Crime Stoppers after missing a court hearing.

Matthew L. Short, 44,and two well-known felons are accused of bursting into an apartment in the 700 block of North Monroe Street on Jan. 26 and stealing cash and other valuables at gunpoint. He was charged with first-degree robbery in May and posted bond in July; an arrested warrant was issued Sept. 20.

Also charged in the case are George W. Butrick and Dustin C. Rauscher. Butrick faces about 10 other felony charges in different cases; Rauscher was arrested after a police standoff in April.

Short’s girlfriend told police that Short and Rauscher “are close personal acquaintances (homies) and have been for a number of years,” according to court documents. Short denied knowing Rauscher, police said; Butrick said Rauscher was living at Butrick’s home while Butrick is in jail, where he and Rauscher remain today.

Short, 6-foot-1 and 275 pounds, has convictions for possession of a dangerous weapon, drug possession and violation of a domestic violence court order.

He last gave his address as 814 E. Joseph.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts now is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Mont. man’s drug binge ends in Spokane

A Great Falls, Mont., man who told Spokane police he was on a seven-month drug binge is accused of an armed robbery that led detectives to a suspected stolen vehicle ring.

Ronald J. Schneider, 38, (left) and his girlfriend, Jeanette E. Menghini, 43, (right) are accused of breaking into a disabled man’s motel room at knifepoint on Sept. 10, then stealing his 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, prescription drugs and $6,000, according to court documents filed this week. 

Spokane County detectives found him with a motorcycle stolen in Great Falls - leading detectives there to travel to Spokane to interview the suspect.

Schneider led Great Falls police to several locations in the north central Montana town which were searched last week, according to The Great Falls Tribune. Police recovered at least six vehicles in Spokane that had been stolen from Great Falls, the paper reported.

Police there said about 20 additional arrests are expected.

Also arrested in Spokane was Daniel A. Wakeford, who allegedly possesed a stolen motorcycle.

Schneider told police he’d spent the last seven months high on methamphetamine, OxyContin “or anything he can get his hands on,” according to a search warrant.

Schneider also said a man named Kentucky alerted him to an old man at the Airway Express Motel, 3809 S. Geiger Blvd., with cash and prescription medication, according to the warrant.

The warrant authorized Spokane County sheriff’s detectives to search a white 1998 Doge Ram truck, license plate JIMSRYD. Motel employees alerted detectives to the truck after Thomas A. Scharp, 53, who’s lived at the motel for about two years, said he’d been robbed at knife point.

Schneider reportedly confessed to the robbery and said he and Menghini planned to “hide out” at Northern Quest Casino but were stopped in the parking lot by police. Scharp “positively and unhesitatingly” identifiied the two, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by police.

The couple is to be arraigned Wednesday.

Schneider remains in the Spokane County Jail; Menghini and Wakeford were released last week because neither has been formally charged.

2 men sentenced for home-invasion robbery

A Spokane man arrested in Las Vegas after a home-invasion robbery last spring was credited for time served in the jail after pleading guilty to riot this week. 

Taveus M. Brown, 30, took a plea deal that greatly reduced his charges and saved him from the prison sentence imposed on his co-conspirator, Wesley I. Veazie.

Veazie, 22, (right) was sentenced to 43 months in prison with credit for 101 days served last month after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. He’s now at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

The men originally faced charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery arrested after a man said they’d burst into his apartment at 2500 E. South Riverton on March 2 and held him at gunpoint.

A SWAT team searched a home at 1921 E. 4th Ave. the next day but didn’t find the men.

A Spokane police dog, Bennie, later captured Veazie after he ran from traffic stop on the North Side.  Brown was captured in Vegas.

4th suspect charged in May home invasion

A fourth suspect has been charged in a home-invasion robbery in which one suspect reportedly said she wanted to give the victim “a taste of his own (BS).”

Braiden M. Connor, 18, appeared in Superior Court Friday on several felonies connected to a May 11 incident at 2922 E. Providence.

Already charged are Aaron T. Vanscoik, 18; the victim’s ex-girlfriend, Lisa Jo Wareham, 40; and Wareham’s 17-year-old son, Levi R. Ehli.

Wareham reportedly told detectives she recruited the teens to give the victim “a taste of his own bulls**t,” according to an affidavit. “She said that no one was supposed to get hurt except “maybe a broken kneecap was OK.”

Connor reportedly told police June 16 that he was with Vanscoik and Ehli but only walked about five feet into Dahlen’s home, according to an affidavit. He also said he was in the car when Wareham and Ehli used the victim’s food stamp card at Wal-Mart, and when either Ehli or Vanscoik tried to use a stolen credit card at an ATM, according to the affidavit.

Connor was booked into Spokane County Jail Thursday but had posted bond by Friday night.

Suspect: ‘Maybe a broken kneecap was OK’

Three suspects recently have pleaded not guilty to charges related to a May home-invasion robbery - including a teen charged in a similar robbery two weeks prior.

Aaron T. Vanscoik, 18, reportedly admitted to police that he and two others attacked William Dahlen in his home at 2922 E. Providence as he slept just before 1 a.m. on May 11, according to court documents.

The assailants beat Dahlen with bats before they stole his wallet, then used Dahlen’s stolen food stamp card a few minutes later the Wal-Mart on North Colton.

Surveillance video helped police identify 40-year-old Lisa Jo Wareham - Dahlen’s ex-girlfriend - as a suspect. She was arrested at her home in the 4900 block of North Washington June 10 and reportedly told detectives she recruited her son and three others to give Dahlen “a taste of his own bulls**t,” according to an affidavit.

“She said that no one was supposed to get hurt except “maybe a broken kneecap was OK,” according to the affidavit.

Wareham’s 17-year-old son, Levi R. Ehli, was arrested that day and is charged as an adult with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

Vanscoik was arrested June 14 and pleaded not guilty July 1. He’s also charged with a robbery April 29 in which he and two others are accused of kicking in an apartment door at 1223 E. Hoffman and stealing a TV and an Xbox 360 video game console. A 14-year-old boy also is a suspect.

A third suspect, 22-year-old Tony A. Darling, Jr., pleaded not guilty to robbery and burglary charges in Superior Court on Tuesday. Police say Darling is a Norteno gang member.

All robbery suspects are in jail except Ehli, who is out on $20,000 bond.

Spokane man walks free from robbery case

A man charged in a home invasion robbery last fall walked out of court a free man today after pleading guilty to riot.

Maurice D. Lofton, 29, pleaded guilty to the felony in a plea agreement reached after Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said the victims failed to identify Lofton in a police lineup.

Lofton was sentenced to 14 days in jail and credited for 14 already served.

The deal dismissed two burglary charges, three counts of kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and four counts of first-degree robbery related to an Oct. 8 invasion at a home in the 500 block of East Garland Avenue.

Haskell said several people were in the home when a man came to the door asking to use the phone, then was followed inside by several gunmen who stole marijuana and other valuables. Police used a GPS in a stolen cell phone to track down Lofton about 30 minutes later, who they say tried to dispose of the pot and stolen cell phones.

“I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Lofton told Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno. “I was messing around with the wrong friends.”

Lofton said he had moved to Spokane from Detroit “to change my life.”

“Yet here you are,” Moreno said. “I think you got pretty lucky this time. And next time, you are looking at a lot of prison time.”

Man w/ 12+ felony charges adds a few more

A man charged with more than 10 felonies since last fall is now accused of an armed home-invasion robbery that targeted a woman with a safe full of cash.

George W. Butrick, 32, (left, allegedly) appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on robbery charges connected to a Jan. 26 incident at an apartment in the 700 block of North Monroe Street.

Matthew L. Short, 43, also is charged in the case and is due in court soon.

A third suspect has not been identified, but court documents show police believe a felon arrested after a standoff late last month, 25-year-old Dustin C. Rauscher (right), is a person of interest.

The alleged victim, Ardythe M. McGough, told police she knew Short and recognized him and Butrick when they forced their way into her apartment and stole cash and valuables, according to court documents.  McGough identified Butrick through a photo on the TV news, and through a photo montage.

She said Butrick and the unidentified man were armed with handguns and threatened to kill her before tying up her friend, William O. Armstrong, with zip ties and stealing his cash and cell phone, then cash from a safe, according to court documents.

Armstrong followed the robbers and heard Short speak on the phone with someone referred to as “Swift” and “Dustin.”

Short’s girlfriend told police that Short and Rauscher “are close personal acquaintances (homies) and have been for a number of years,” according to court documents. Short denied knowing Rauscher, police said; Butrick said Rauscher was living at Butrick’s home while Butrick is in jail.

Butrick was arrested in the fall but posted bail on about a dozen charges in December. He returned to jail in February after allegedly threatening a bail bondsman with a gun.

Police say Butrick worked with Ronald Foreman, who has been charged with leading organized crime.

Robbery targeted suspect’s ex-boyfriend

A home-invasion robbery in north Spokane early Wednesday targeted the ex-boyfriend of one of the suspects.

The victims told police they were attacked by a group that included a woman who was 8 months pregnant. That suspect, who has not been arrested, used to date on of residents at 815 W. Bellwood, David M. Anderson, according to court documents.

Anderson was at work when the group entered his apartment about 4 a.m. armed with hammers and crowbar and stole electronics.

Anderson’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Katherine E. Scott, and his roommate, 22-year-old Aaron D. Miller, beaten with a crowbar and bound with zip ties during the robbery, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson on Wednesday. Miller said at least two others were involved, and detectives are looking for additional suspects.

Holley is in jail on $75,000 bond after appearing in court Tuesday on charges of first-degree theft, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. Pendell has a $35,000 bond for the same charges; Wilson’s is $10,000.

2 beaten with crowbar in home invasion

Home-invasion robbers awakened two north Spokane apartment residents this morning by beating them a crowbar before stealing electronics.

The suspects, 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson, were arrested after deputies spotted them in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo at the crime scene.

Pendell ran away as Holley and Wilson were arrested, according to the Sopkane County Sheriff’s Office, but Spokane police dog Maximus captured him.

The three are accused of entering an apartment on West Bellwood Drive early this morning, where a 22-year-old and 19-year-old woman were beaten with a metal crowbar before their hands were tied with zip ties, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The man broke free and called 911.

Deputies found a TV, headphone and stereo components stolen from the apartment inside the Isuzu. 

Pendell, Wilson and Holley faces charges of first-degree armed robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree theft. Detectives are looking for additional suspects.