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Suspect’s friend deplores ‘stupid’ crime

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for a knife-point robbery early Tuesday that even his friend said was stupid.

Edward D. Sjoquist is accused of threatening three people with a knife and stealing a wallet near North Monroe Street and West Cleveland Avenue about 12:35 a.m.

One of the victims told police another man approached her attacker and yelled at him and the two ran into a nearby home.

Police contacted that man, who said he and Sjoquist were walking to McDonald's when Sjoquist said he was going to rob someone. The man said he ran up to Sjoquist after the attack and told him "he was stupid and smacked the wallet" out of his hand.

Police found marijuana in Sjoquist's pants pocket when he was booked into juvenile detention center. He's to be charged as an adult with three counts of first-degree robbery.

Girl in Facebook attack charged as adult

A 17-year-old girl who police believe lured a boy to a robbery after meeting him on Facebook will be charged as an adult.

Abigail R. Murphy is to appear in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon on a first-degree robbery charge, though she continues to be housed in juvenile detention. The Spokesman-Review does not name juvenile unless they are charged as adults with serious crimes.

The victim said he'd arranged to meet Murphy at Corbin Park Saturday at 11 p.m. with $75, but when he got in her Chevy Tahoe, two men later identified as David M. Martinez, 22, and Brendan T. Dalla, 20, pointed handguns at him and demanded his money, according to court documents.

Martinez and Dalla are in jail on $75,000 bond for first-degree robbery. Spokane police officers stopped the suspects at North Monroe Street and West Boone Avenue about 15 minutes later and located two handguns in the car, as well as a the victim's iPhone. One of the guns had been reported stolen, police said.

"The investigation, arrests, and recovery of evidence was a success due to the cooperative efforts of all units involved," according to a news release by the Spokane Police Department. "The incident is also a good reminder to parents and guardians to monitor their children’s Internet communications."

Facebook arrangement leads to robbery

A Post Falls man who was to bring $75 to a meeting in a Spokane park with a girl he met on Facebook was instead robbed at gunpoint by two men, police say.

The victim said he'd arranged to meet the 17-year-old girl at Corbin Park Saturday at 11 p.m.  The reason for the meeting has not been released.

When he got in her Chevy Tahoe, two men later identified as David M. Martinez, 22, and Brendan T. Dalla, 20, pointed handguns at him and demanded his money, according to court documents. One threatened "to shoot him between his shoulder blades" if he looked at anyone in the vehicle. The victim gave the men his wallet and iPhone before being kicked out of the car and calling police.

Spokane police officers stopped the suspects at North Monroe Street and West Boone Avenue and located two handguns in the car, as well as an iPhone.

Martinez and Dalla were booked into Spokane County Jail for first-degree robbery; the girl was booked into juvenile detention.

Wallet theft leads to 100 mph car chase

Two suspected wallet snatchers led the victim on a 100 mph chase in Spokane Valley Thursday night, police said today.

Valley resident Robert A. Hunter, 25, and Jenna L. Myers, 25, of Coeur d'Alene, were arrested on theft charges after allegedly fleeing the Tesoro gas station, 13800 E. Trent Ave., with a wallet Myers picked up in the parking lot.

A 22-year Spokane Valley man dropped the wallet about 7:45 p.m. as he exited his car to buy a soda at the store, where he was a regular customer.  The store employee told police he saw Myers (pictured) get out of a car and pick up the wallet, then enter the store and whisper something to Hunter before the two fled.

The victim ran to his car and pursued the couple westbound on Trent as the Tesoro employee called police with the suspects' license plate number.

The victim gave up the pursuit, police said, but officers soon arrested Hunter and Myers at Sprague Avenue and Flora Road. The victim told police the couple ran stop signs and reached speeds of more than 100 mph on arterials, neighborhood streets and Interstate 90.

Myers stashed cash in her underwear and threw the wallet from the car as they crossed a bridge over the Spokane River, police said. Officers recovered both.

Both suspects are to appear in court today on felony counts of second-degree theft of credit cards and third-degree theft for the wallet. Hunter also was booked for third-degree driving while license suspended.

Myers, a 2009 Crime Stoppers graduate, has at least two previous convictions for theft.

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.

Reward for tips on alley robbery suspect

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a robbery suspect. Corbin C. Royce, 22, is accused assaulting a man and stealing his wallet in a downtown Spokane alley last fall.

Keith McKay told police he met up with Royce, known to him as Kyle, and others at the Spokane Transit Authority Bus Plaza on Nov. 22 and walked with them to Money Tree on West Third Avenue to cash a $25 check.

Afterward, Royce attacked McKay in an alley near 1st Avenue and Madison Street when Royce punched him in the head until he lost consciousness. McKay broke a tooth and also lost his glasses and $1,500 hearing aid, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

A second suspect was been identified in court doucments. McKay identified Royce through a photo montage. A $25,000 warrant for first-degree robbery was filed Feb. 3.

Now tipsters can get a cash reward for turning him in.

Royce, 6-feet tall and 195 pounds, is a transient who also has warrants in Western Washington.

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