Two Arrested for 1st Degree Robbery after Alcohol Theft Goes Bad

Cpl. Teresa Fuller

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:54 a.m.

Spokane Police booked two people into jail/juvenile Wednesday night after a theft of alcohol at the Rite Aid in the 800 block of east 29th went awry. Brandi M Farnworth (24) and a juvenile male were both arrested after follow up was done by Spokane Police Patrol officers. A third suspect, another male, is still outstanding. Anyone with information on his identity and/or whereabouts is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, just after 7:00pm, Spokane Police responded to the report of two employees assaulted at the Rite Aid in the 800 block of east 29th during the commission of a liquor theft. It was reported that a couple of males had shoplifted alcohol from the store and, while doing so, the arrested juvenile male shoved an employee that was attempting to stop the unidentified male who had concealed the alcohol on his person. Another employee attempted to intervene and was hit in the head by the unidentified male, knocking her unconscious.

One of the employees was able to get a license plate on the car the two males fled in as it was leaving the parking lot. During their follow up, patrol officers were able to develop probable cause for Farnworth for 1st Degree Robbery as the get-away driver for the other two suspects. They were also able to positively identify the juvenile suspect as the one who initially shoved the employee. Police are still working to identify the suspect who concealed the alcohol and hit the second employee, knocking her unconscious with one of those bottles.

Medics were called to the scene and treated the employees for non-life threatening injuries.

The third suspect is described as a white male in his early 20’s, approx. 5’7”, with a thin build. Anyone who has any information on this incident or who this suspect may be is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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