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Sirens & Gavels robbery archive

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

Store fights booze thieves w/ mace 

Employees at a Spokane grocery store pepper sprayed the front doors to try to stop two suspected booze thieves from attacking them on Friday, police say. Police say Kerry Alan Zaugg, 24, appeared to be preparing to assault an employee at Grocery Boys, 3430 N....

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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)

McD's robbery may be linked to others

Spokane police released this and other surveillence photos of the armed robbery at McDonald's May 25. View more here. A takeover-style robbery that targeted customers and employees at a McDonald’s in south Spokane may be connected to a similar gunpoint attack at a nearby home...

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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

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....

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 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)

Robbers take over South Hill McDonald's

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill at gunpoint Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them. Police today released three surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just...

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New to Spokane, man robbed during jog

A man who arrived in Spokane about a week ago from Ethiopia was robbed while jogging on the South Hill early Sunday, police say. The 38-year-old victim does not speak English but said he recognized the word "money" when a man approached him about 5:20...

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Police: We saved repeat offender's life

Spokane police say they saved the life of a career criminal and sex offender when he went into cardiac arrest after he was taken into custody Sunday. Officer Nick Geren administered first aid on Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, while he was being transported to the...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

Sex offender arrested in home invasion

A sex offender suspected in a violent gunpoint home-invasion robbery was arrested today. Joshua Clint Epperson, 32, was booked into jail on felony charges related to an early-morning attack last Tuesday in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in the Indian Trail area. The...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Man gets 10+ years for home robbery

A Spokane man has been sentenced to about 10 years in prison for a gunpoint robbery last year. Jeremy L. Standon, 30, has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, money laundering, drug possession, second-degree identity theft,...

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012


Beauty school killer gets 14+ years 

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A Wenatchee man accused of killing a beauty school classmate pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a plea deal Wednesday and was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison. Jury selection had been under way for the trial of Christopher...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Robbery case resolved in 3 weeks

That was fast. A 35-year-old man arrested for a robbery nearly three weeks ago has pleaded guilty. Shawn James Combs was sentenced to about 3 1/2 years in prison for first-degree robbery last week in Spokane County Superior Court. He'd made his first court appearance...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Facebook photos ID robbery suspects

A woman identified her cousin as her robber's accomplice after seeing photos of the two together on Facebook, according to Spokane police. The woman was sitting in her living room at 1624 E. Cataldo Ave. with her cousin, Shakayla F. Delcambre, 20, Thursday about 12:45...

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Man on bond must write book reports

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A man charged in an undercover sting operation in Northern California that ended in gunfire has been ordered released on bond on the condition that he read and write book reports. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers allowed 23-year-old Otis Mobley...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012

Level 3 sex offender moves to Valley

A sex offender recently released from prison for the unlawful imprisonment and robbery of a 16-year-old is now living in Spokane Valley. Joseph R. Wheeler, 34, is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He served about eight...

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

Girls suspected in GU robbery charged

Two 16-year-old girls accused of robbing and assaulting three Gonzaga University students will be charged as adults. Kayla Marie Hoffman and Spring Darlos Simone Sanders faces two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree assault for the attack early Thursday at North Standard...

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Gonzaga students attacked, robbed

A Gonzaga University graduate student was beaten unconscious when he tried to stop two women from stealing his friend’s purse early Thursday. Spokane police tracked the suspects using a GPS program in an iPhone stolen from the victims. Arrested were Tayone D. Akers, 20, (pictured)...

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Man arrested for grocery store robberies

A man suspected of robbing four grocery stores in Spokane County was arrested Wednesday. Daniel W. Drake, 38, reportedly admitted to robbing three Safeway stores and one Rosauers store in Spokane and Spokane Valley recently, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Drake is allegedly...

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Police believe this man may be responsible for two robberies at Safeway stores in the Spokane area. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Pics show suspect in Safeway robberies

Police believe the same man robbed two Safeway stores in the Spokane area recently, and they're asking for help identifying him. Surveillance photos (above and below, left) released by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office today show the suspect at WalMart before detectives say he robbed...

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012

Spokane police arrest longtime fugitive

A Crime Stoppers fugitive wanted since February has been arrested. John Gibson Dean, 30, was arrested at an apartment complex at 12426 E. Broadway Ave., after police developed information that he'd been staying there. A witnesses told police Dean and Lisa M. Baxter, 25, stole...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

1 arrested for gunpoint motel robbery

A 35-year-old man has been charged with a gunpoint robbery at a Spokane motel that netted $150. Shawn James Combs was arrested Tuesday for the Feb. 2 hold-up at the Select Inn Motel, 1420 W. 2nd Ave. Combs is accused of robbing the motel owner...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Attack suspect to undergo mental exam

A man accused of a bizarre attack in downtown Spokane earlier this month is to undergo a mental health examination. Justin T. Betts, 29, is due back in Spokane County Superior Court next month to determine if he's competent to stand trial. An arraignment scheduled...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

2 more suspects ID'd in drug robbery

Two suspected accomplices have been charged with robbing a Spokane clinic of prescription drugs in December. Shawn Savynjo Struck, 41, was arrested this weekend on a second-degree robbery charge for allegedly helping Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley rob the Spokane Falls Family Clinic, 120 W. Mission...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

Man gets 3 years for drug robbery

A man who robbed a former sheriff's deputy with long intoxicated driving history has been sentenced to three years in prison. Matthias "Payback" Piggot, 30, (right) robbed James L. Crabtree (left) on Jan. 21, 2011, at an apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

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