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Police: Murder suspect committed robbery day before shooting

Issiah Schauman
Issiah Schauman

The 19-year-old Spokane man suspected in a June fatal shooting has been implicated in a series of computer armed robberies originating on Craigslist and dating back to March.

Issiah Schauman appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Friday facing two counts of first-degree robbery for his involvement in separate incidents at area parks where thieves posing as prospective buyers of Apple products brandished guns and made off with the loot. The appearance came several weeks after Schauman appeared on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Fabian McBride, 27, on June 12.

According to court records, Schauman was involved in an armed robbery taking place less than 24 hours before police say he shot and killed McBride then sped off, eventually turning himself over to authorities in Pierce County two weeks later. Schauman initiated the June 11 robbery in Liberty Park because he didn’t have money, according to an unnamed police informant. He pulled a .45 semiautomatic pistol on the female victim while another suspect, Michael Garner, snatched the woman’s Macbook laptop and ran.

Schauman was also involved in a March robbery at the same park, according to court records. He was not present for a May robbery that took place at Franklin Park, which involved Garner and Curtis Cyrus, also arrested for his role in the three burglaries.

According to Jenny Ludwig, an apartment manager where McBride lived, the spat that ended in the June shooting began when McBride accused Schauman of burglarizing a home McBride was watching for a friend.

The state requested $100,000 bond for the two robbery counts Schauman faces. He remains in Spokane County Jail awaiting an expected murder trial date of Oct. 7.

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