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Sirens & Gavels robbery archive

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Shari's customers robbed of laptops

Two customers at Shari's restaurant in northwest Spokane had their laptops stolen out of their hands Sunday, police say. The women were sitting in a booth about 4:50 p.m. when a man walked up, slammed a MacBook shut and grabbed it from one of them,...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Woman sought in meth-fueled robbery

A new suspect has emerged in a meth-fueled robbery that led to a police SWAT team standoff at a north Spokane apartment last December. Allison Elaine Hubbard, 30, (right) is wanted on first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges for the Dec. 1 assault of a...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

2 men accused of robbing teen w/ knife

Two men were arrested for allegedly robbing a teenage woman at at knife-point outside an East Sprague Avenue convenience store last weekend. Richard Jeffery Lee, 52, is accused of robbing the 19-year-old woman as she exited the Quick E Mart at 4123 E. Sprague Ave....

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

School ties help ID suspects in robbery

Two suspects in a knifepoint robbery at Shopko in January were identified after a store employee realized she knew one from high school. Blaine Allen Cornwell, 23, is charged with first-degree robbery and three counts of second-degree assault for allegedly threatening three employees at Shopko,...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

Ex-Spokane man faces life for murder 

A 27-year-old Pasco murder suspect facing life in prison under the three-strikes law got his first strike in Spokane County. Joseph William Hart pleaded not guilty Tuesday n Franklin County Superior Court for second-degree murder. Hart is accused of killing Rodger A. Lincoln, 53, outside...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Idaho burglary suspect arrested in Valley 

A suspect in a string of burglaries in North Idaho was arrested Friday after a shoplifting incident turned violent at the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart. Susan Burke, 50, was out of custody on $5,000 bond awaiting trial in Kootenai County when a store security officer spotted...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012

Tip leads to arrest in July bank robbery

A tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest Friday of a suspect in a July bank robbery. Christopher A. Horn, 25, is accused of robbing the Washington State Employees Credit Union, 2523 Northwest Blvd., on July 18 about 12:20 p.m. He appeared in...

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5 arrested in Adams Co. home invasion

Five people have been arrested for a home-invasion robbery in Adams County Friday that targeted a couple living with their 3-year-old son. Roger Martinez, 20, of Othello; Julia JiJon, 18, of Warden; Diego Mendez, 19, of Othello; and Rocky Mendoza, 18, of Othello; and a...

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Spokane police today released surveillance photos of a robbery last week at a Browne's Addition convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the gunman.
The robbery was reported about 11:49 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sunset Grocery, 1908 W. Sunset Blvd.
The gunman is described as 20 to 22 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 and 150 to 160 pounds. He wore a black knit ski mask, dark hooded sweatshirt, black coat, dark loose pants and black and white athletic shoes. The gun is described as a black semi-automatic pistol.
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Photo shows Browne's Addition gunman 

Spokane police today released a surveillance photo of a robbery last week at a Browne's Addition convenience store in hopes someone will recognize the gunman. The robbery was reported about 11:49 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Sunset Grocery, 1908 W. Sunset Blvd. The gunman is...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Man sought on gun, robbery charges

A man accused of a gunpoint robbery last May is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. John Gibson Dean, 30, was to begin trial this week on robbery and gun charges, but he never showed up for a pre-trial haring...

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Spokane man wanted for gun assault

A Spokane man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint the day after Christmas is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. Nicholas M. Cornelius, 23, is charged with second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and residential burglary for the gunpoint attack at...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

2 charged in four-pizza armed robbery

Two suspects have been identified in a knife-point robbery that netted four pizzas and nothing else. Manuel Torres, 21, has been charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery for the Jan. 29 heist in the area of 1800 W. Gardner Ave. A...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Couple charged in armed robbery spree

A couple accused of robbing a video game store with a pellet gun in January has been charged with five other gunpoint robberies. Merle A. Andrew Jr., 36, and his girlfriend, suspected getaway driver Nicole N. Stearns, 29, (pictured) are accused of robbing an elderly...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012


Serial robbery suspect pleads not guilty

Pepper spray apparently didn't deter a drug-seeking pharmacy robber in Deer Park: Police believe he tried robbing the store two more times. Aaron David Kenny Miller, 24, pleaded not guilty today to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery for holdups at the Medicine...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

After a three-hour standoff, suspected gunman Ryan Lancaster, 39, surrenders to the Spokane County SWAT team that surrounded a home he had entered near the intersection of North Pines Road and Valleyway on Wednesday afternoon. (Colin Mulvany)

$100k bond for BB gun-wielding man

Ryan Lancaster, 39, surrenders to the Spokane County SWAT team after a standoff Wednesday. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) A man who caused lock downs at two Spokane Valley schools Wednesday when he was reported to be running around with a gun is to remain jailed on $100,000...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Man sentenced for herpes-related heist 

A 19-year-old man is to spend about seven years in prison for an armed robbery that was sparked by his fear of contracting herpes from a shared marijuana pipe. Aziem L. Richardson pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree robbery for a July incident...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

'Bad-tooth bandit' of '95 arrested again

A Spokane man dubbed "the bad-tooth bandit" for a robbery spree more than 17 years ago was arrested Thursday after fleeing a traffic stop, officials say. Aaron Wayne Coats, 48, (pictured left in 2009 and below in 1994) was arrested minutes after a police chase...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Hate crimes alleged in assault spree

A 19-year-old man and his two brothers have been charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking people because of their race. Deven James-Allen Hood is accused of smashing car windows and beating people Jan. 20 in what police allege was a hate-fueled drive through Spokane....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Cops: Paintball gun-toting robber ID'd 

A 26-year-old convicted felon has been identified as a suspect in a robbery with a paintball gun at a Spokane clinic last month. Brian Lee "Rowdy" Riley, 26, is in jail on a first-degree robbery charge for the Dec. 29 drug heist at the Spokane...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

$50k bond for elderly home armed robbery

A former assisted living center employee accused of robbing the place at gunpoint early Wednesday was ordered jailed on $50,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court. Timothy J. Martinez, 28, locked a 20-year-old female employee and a 77-year-old male resident in a room...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Thief drops metal for witness' cellphone

A would-be scrap metal thief ditched the material in favor of a witness' cellphone recently in Spokane Valley, police say. Shane Wendon Israel, 33, was arrested Friday after a sheriff's deputy who investigated the robbery stopped his red Dodge truck. Suspect Scott Hayden Elliott, 39,...

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