Cpl. Teresa Fuller
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:40 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Unit (MCU) has forwarded three felony charges related to the Hai’s Market robbery on May 14th to prosecutors. A 16-year-old male will face charges of 1st Degree Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, and Drive By Shooting from the incident that happened in the 5100 block of north Crestline. The 16-year-old suspect is the same suspect Deputies took into custody on May 16th after a standoff in Spokane Valley.
On May 16, 2017, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a shooting in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 12100 block of east Cataldo. After a search warrant was obtained, a 16-year-old male and one other suspect were taken into custody. An altered .410 shotgun and a BB gun were located and seized as evidence. SPD’s Major Crimes Unit, following up on investigative leads, developed probable cause to forward charges to the prosecutor’s office on the same 16-year-old male for the Hai’s Market robbery that occurred May 14th (see below press release).
The three felony charges were forwarded to the prosecutor’s office on May 18th while the suspect was still being held in the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Facility for the 1st Degree Assault charge stemming from the Spokane Valley Incident.
Spokane Police are investigating the armed robbery of Hai’s Market in the 5100 block of north Crestline. The incident occurred Sunday evening. The suspect displayed a shotgun and fled in a vehicle. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
Tonight, May 14, 2017, just before 7:30pm, Spokane Police received a report of an armed robbery at the Hai’s Market located in the 5100 block of north Crestline. The suspect entered the business, displayed a shotgun and demanded money. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money, firing one round at a person walking into the business as he was leaving. That shot missed the intended victim. No one was injured during the robbery.
Officers arrived on scene within three minutes of the initial call, but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a black male, mid 20’s or older, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium to heavy build. He was wearing a white hi-top sneakers, black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
Officer John O'Brien