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Sirens & Gavels robbery archive

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012


Man in Facebook robbery gets 15 years

A 23-year-old man who robbed a boy lured to Spokane through Facebook avoid a life prison sentence recently when a judge approved a plea deal. David Michael Martinez was sentenced to 15 years in prison for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree assault....

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Cops: Security salesmen assaulted rivals 

Two young security salesmen assaulted and robbed two men from a rival company in Cheney on Monday, police say. Suspects Kyle C. French, 18, and Ignatius Tepp, 19, work for Stryker Security Sales. Todd Jensen and James Stoker, who work for Vivint Security Sales, told...

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Another home robbery suspect wanted

A man who was arrested leaving a suspected robber's home with a bag of marijuana is now wanted for a gunpoint home-invasion robbery two days earlier. Oladejo B. Olajoyegbe, 24 (left), is accused of robbing a home in the 1700 block of East Columbia Avenue...

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2 arrested in South Hill home robbery 

Two men believed to be serial home robbers are responsible for a takeover-style invasion at a residence on the South Hill in late May. Flint Fire Herrmann, 35, robbed the home at gunpoint with David F. Smith, already in jail for a May 31 robbery...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

 Cynthia Van Holland, 47, is suspected of being the "Bad Hair Bandit." (Placer County Sheriff's Department)

Bad Hair Bandit suspect charged in Calif.

A former Kootenai County Jail nurse who also worked in elementary schools has been charged with robbing 21 banks in Washington, Oregon, California and Montana. Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 48, is accused of being the "Bad Hair Bandit," a serial robber nicknamed by the FBI...

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Police arrest robbery, eluding suspect

A Spokane man suspected in recent robberies and of eluding police at least twice was arrested Monday after ramming a police cruiser. Shane Lawrence Hagedorn, 30, was driving a red Oldsmobile Achieva on West Wellesley Avenue about 9 p.m. when members of the Spokane police...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them.
Police today released surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just after 10 p.m.
The victims complied with demands and none was injured. The robbers, who wore black clothing, fled on foot before police arrived.
 (Spokane Police Department)

McDonald's robbery suspect still sought

Tips from surveillance photos of the McDonald's takeover robbery helped police identify four suspects, including Avery Loring. (SPDphoto) An eighth suspect in a series of armed robberies still is being sought by Spokane police. Avery Lee Loring, 25, is believed to be one of four...

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Spokane police arrest Maceo L. Williams, 27, after a SWAT team standoff on Thursday. (Spokane Police Department)

Reports of gunman led to SWAT standoff

Spokane police arrest Maceo L. Williams, 27, after a SWAT team standoff on Thursday. (SPDphoto) A SWAT team standoff in West Central Spokane Thursday was spurred by reports that a suspected drug dealer with a gun had told people he wasn't going back to jail...

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Suspects arrested in brazen robberies

Seven people have been arrested for a series of brazen gunpoint robberies that targeted not only drug homes but a fast food restaurant with customers inside. More arrests are expected as part of an ongoing investigation that began May 25 when four masked robbers burst...

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Man arrested for November robbery

A suspect has been arrested for a knife-point robbery at a northwest Spokane convenience store last November. Christopher Jeremy Jay Eby, 35, is jailed on a first-degree robbery charge for a Nov. 13 hold-up at Zip Trip, 2020 W. Francis Ave, that netted $58. Police...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Cops: Gun malfunction stopped murder

A Spokane man who police say would have killed a man had his gun not malfunctioned has been charged with attempted murder. Carlos Himminez "Atlanta" Hodges, 38, was armed with a handgun when he confronted Kenneth Watkins at Watkins' home in the 1000 block of...

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Cop finds robber asleep across street

A man who robbed a convenience store of a drink and beef jerky at knife point didn't get very far early Sunday, police say. In fact, Officer Scott Haney believes he found him passed out across the street with the stolen goods surrounding him. Haney...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

4th suspect arrested in '09 home robbery 

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery that occurred nearly three years ago. Travis J. Kulhavy, 28, is accused of robbing four people at a home in the 500 block of East Garland Avenue on Oct. 8, 2009. Co-defendant Brian L....

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DOC fugitive now accused of assault

A Spokane man arrested for violating his probation on a robbery conviction also is accused of a new assault. Christopher M. Prusch, 35, faces a second-degree assault charge for allegedly choking a woman and striking her during an argument at a home in the 5300...

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Home-invasion suspect bragged to others

A Spokane man arrested for a May 31 home-invasion robbery had reportedly been bragging about his crimes, including to a woman who herself was a home-invasion victim. David F. Smith, 40, remains jailed on $150,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Spokane gang team arrests 2 fugitives

The gang team arrested two men this week in Spokane for violating their probation on violent crimes. Christopher M. Prusch, 35, (pictured left) was booked into jail Wednesday on a Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody, Spokane police Officer Matt Rose said...

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Car could hold clues in home invasion

Police are hoping fingerprints or DNA on a car stolen in a home-invasion robbery will help them identify suspects. Officers found the 1997 Honda Civic stripped of its tires and wheels near West Gordon Avenue and West Glass Avenue in Spokane after it was stolen...

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Man accused of robbing local pharmacy

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...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

DNA identifies suspect in 2011 robbery 

DNA on a hat and gloves dropped by a man who robbed a Spokane Valley tavern owner last year has led authorities to identify a suspect. Isaiah P. Wandler, 32, is charged with first-degree robbery for a Feb. 13, 2011, attack outside Poppy's Tavern, 415...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

Tipster claims reward in Cowell murder

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A man who wrote a letter pointing to Christopher Scott Wilson as the suspect in a Wenatchee slaying is claiming a reward of up to $38,000. Theo A. Keyes wrote a letter to police telling them that Wilson (pictured) had once...

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Chicago bank robber cut from air duct

OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said Sunday. Charles Estell, 38, was found early...

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CdA robbery linked to Spokane cold case

Investigators believe a sex offender on trial for the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner robbed a children's apparel store at gunpoint three hours before the fatal shooting. A judge has heard testimony from Steve and Teresa Benner, who owned the Kid's...

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