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Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 8.19.09

A crime spree that saw a teen rob stores of thousands of dollars at gunpoint ended with a suspect crying in front of detectives after lying to protect his friends, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Daniel I. Neace, 19, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today on two counts of first degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault, one count of attempted first-degree robbery and three counts of unlawful imprisonment. 

The charges are connected to robberies at Domino's Pizza, 726 W. Third Ave., on July 11 and and Pizza Pipeline, 1724 W. Wellesley Ave., on July 19, and an attempted robbery at the Esmeralda Golf Course July 24.

Neace's roommate, Michael J. Anderson, 21, appeared on the same charges. A third man, Nathan J. Molina, 21, is also charged. Neace, Molina and Anderson are also suspected of a robbery at Domino's, 2901 N. Argonne Road, on July 15.

The alleged crime spree ended with a robbery at Check into Cash, 555 E. Francis, on July 27, according to the Spokane Police Department. Police say Neace admitted to the robberies in an interview the next day but said his accomplice was a "Russian or Arabic" kid names Resa. 

"It was at this time that Neace began to cry and sated he had lied," according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Detective John Miller.

Neace spoke privately with his public defender, Karie Reardon, then apologized to detectives, according to the affidavit.

Read past coverage of the case here and here.

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