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Police searching for murder suspect

The Spokane Police Department has a warrant out for the arrest of Enrique Pena, 23, in connection with a shooting at the Howard Johnson Motel on Aug. 10. Pena is being charged with first degree murder. Richard C. Amodio, 32, was shot and killed at the hotel at 3033 N. Division Street at 12:30 a.m. during a drug deal, police have said. Video surveillance footage shows Amodio and another man meeting with a man carrying a backpack. The two attacked the man in an effort to steal five pounds of marijuana. He pulled out a pistol and fired as Amodio and his companion ran away. Police believe that Pena may have left the area, said police spokeswoman Monique Cotton. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 911 or Crime Check at 456-2233.
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