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A 30-year-old man has been arrested for robbing a north Spokane pharmacy of Oxycodone.
Paul Raymond Hunt, Jr., was arrested Monday for the June 5 robbery at Rite Aid, 12420 N. Highway 395.
Pharmacy employees identified him as the man who showed up at the store in a black baseball cap and sunglasses and slid one of them a note demanding Oxycodone. A pharmacist handed him a bottle of the drug, but he told him he knew there was more and waited for another bottle, according to court documents.
The pharmacist said he asked the man “are you sure you want to do this? There are cameras everywhere,” and the man replied “Just do it or something really bad will happen,” according to court documents.
Sheriff's deputies obtained surveillance video of the robbery. It's unclear how they identified Hunt as a suspect. He already was in jail on a residential burglary, drug and theft of a firearm charges after an arrest on Saturday. He appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on a charge of second-degree robbery.
A man allowed to remain free pending the appeal of his sentence for robbing a store of a piece of tin foil is back in jail.
David Lee Hickam, 26, was found to have violated the terms of his release when he was identified recently as a suspect in a Dec. 26 theft.
Hickam also was cited or diving with a suspended license Feb. 17. Prosecutors cited that incident as well as the alleged theft of a laptop computer from Huppins, 419 W. Main Ave., as a reason to jail him on $150,000 bond.
Judge Annette Plese agreed, and police arrested Hickam Tuesday. He appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday.
Hickam is appealing a 47-month prison sentence for robbery that began when he stole a piece of tinfoil from Rite Aid, 5520 N. Division St., then pepper sprayed an employee.
A jury convicted him last July, but he was allowed to stay out of prison after he posted a $35,000 appeal bond.
This crash in north Spokane began when a sheriff's deputy tried to pull over the Honda. (KHQ-TV photo)
A man in a stolen car swerved into a police cruiser during a chase in north Spokane this afternoon.
The suspect, Aaron D. Lyons, 33, was arrested after he crashed the 1992 Honda Civic into shrubbery while trying to turn into the Rite Aid parking lot on North Division Street. Deputy Jeff Thurman blocked the Civic with his patrol vehicle and arrested Lyons, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
The chase began about 12:39 p.m. when Thurman tried to stop the Civic in the 8500 block of North Country Homes Road for failing to display license plates.
Before Lyons crashed near Rite Aid, Thurman tried to stop car with a “pursuit intervention technique” that involves nudging the back bumper of a fleeing vehicle, which forces it into a spin and brings it to a stop, but Lyons swerved into Thurman's car to avoid the move, the sheriff's office said.
The Civic was reported stolen on Sunday. Lyons also had a stolen credit card with him, according to the sheriff's office.
Lyons was booked into jail on felony charges of second-degree assault, attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, second-degree malicious mischief and possession of stolen property, and misdeamenor charges of driving under the influence and driving while license suspended.
Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman outside a Spokane drug store just after noon on Monday.
The man followed the victim as she left the Rite Aid, 5520 N. Division St., and attacked her, according to police.
She was in the parking lot when he grabbed her purse and knocked her to the ground before driving away in a full-size black pickup truck with 4x4 written on the back, police said Tuesday.
Surveillence photos and video show the robber to be a white man, about 6 feet tall, wearing a brown Carhartt jacket, jeans, white shoes and a light colored ball cap with a green bill.
Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
A 16,000-square-foot Rite Aid store will open at a high-traffic Spokane Valley intersection on Thursday.
Rite Aid used what it calls a “customer world” design for the new store, which the Harrisburg, Penn.-based company launched five years ago based on meetings with focus groups. “Customers told us that their relationship with the pharmacist was important, so each new store highlights the pharmacy,” Rite Aid said in a news release. It includes a waiting room with chairs and TV and a private consultation room.
The store, at 12222 E. Sprague, is across the street from a longtime Rite Aid store. The company has said in the past that it sought a more-accessible location at that intersection.
Its grand opening will take place Thursday at 8 a.m.