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Thursday, January 23, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane police apprehend alleged bank robber

Spokane police quickly arrested a man in his hotel room across the street from a bank they say he robbed this morning.

David Donald Thometz, 49, was booked into Spokane County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Police say he entered the downtown Washington Trust Bank, 706 W. 2nd Ave., demanded money and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. He did not display a weapon.

Officers swarmed the area about 9:15 a.m. and obtained a surveillance photo of Thometz. A building manager at the Carlyle Hotel, 206 S. Post Street, just down the street from the bank, recognized Thometz in the photo. Police located Thometz in his room at the Carlyle and arrested him without incident.

Thometz also was arrested in May 2010 for first-degree robbery of another bank in the Spokane area.

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