Suspect in Bank Robbery in March now Charged w/another from February

Ofc. Teresa Fuller

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 5:36 p.m.

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives have charged David C. Burns (45) with an additional count of First Degree Robbery after his DNA was discovered on clothing discarded after a robbery on Feb. 11, 2015.

Spokane Police officers responded to the report of a bank robbery on February 11, 2015, just after 4:00pm, at the Inland Northwest Bank in the 2100 block of N. Ruby. At the time the suspect was not located, but officers in the area found some discarded clothing along with a bag that contained some of the money from the robbery. That clothing was submitted to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for testing. The Crime Lab later advised Major Crimes detectives that DNA found on the clothing matched Burns’ DNA.

Burns was arrested in March after Officer James (Jim) Christensen saw him leaving the area of a bank robbery at the Washington Trust at Indiana/Division. During that robbery, Burns allegedly discarded the clothing he had been wearing during the robbery in an attempt to get away undetected.

Original release from March:

Spokane Police Neighborhood Conditions Officer James (Jim) Christensen located and arrested a bank robbery suspect while he (Ofc. Christensen) was on his way home from work. The suspect was arrested eight minutes after the initial emergency call.

This afternoon, at approximately 3:30 pm, Spokane Police received a report of a hold-up alarm at the Washington Trust Bank on Indiana between N. Division St. and N. Ruby St.

The report indicated a male had entered the located and demanded cash, but did not display a weapon.

Spokane Police Neighborhood Conditions Office James (Jim) Christensen was on his way home from work and quickly located the suspect, who was travelling on a bicycle near Division St. and Mission St.

The man was taken into custody eight minutes after the initial call.

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