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Thursday, October 22, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Woman wanted in drug-binge robbery

A drug robbery suspect released from jail because no charges had been filed now has a warrant out for her arrest.

Jeanette E. Menghini, 43, is wanted on a first-degree robbery charge after failing to show up for an arraignment Oct. 6. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to her arrest.

Menghini was arrested in September with her boyfriend, Ronald J. Schneider, who told police he was on a seven-month drug binge when he and Menghini broke into a man's hotel room and robbed him of cash, prescription drugs and his car at knife point, according to court documents.

Schneider, 38, also is under investigation for a stolen car ring in Spokane and in Great Falls, Mont., where he resides. Great Falls police have traveled to Spokane to examine stolen vehiclen and motorcycles Schneider is suspected of selling at the Tire Shop, 2515 E. Trent Ave., Tire Shop owner Bryan K. Rapp, 47, is in jail on drug and stolen property charges; Washingotn State Patrol detectives searched the business with Spokane police Sept. 15.

Schneider reportedly confessed to the robbery at Airway Express Motel, 3809 S. Geiger Blvd., and said he and Menghini planned to “hide out” at Northern Quest Casino but were stopped in the parking lot by police.

Schneider has pleaded not guilty to several felonies and has been in jail since his arrest, but Menghini was released within three days because no charges had been filed.

Menghini, 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds, has convictions for delivery of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and second-degree robbery. Her last known address was 11910 E. Broadway #21 in Spokane Valley.

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

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