Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:09 p.m.
Spokane Police Department patrol officers investigate two robberies in downtown Spokane. Officers locate and arrest the 18-year-old suspect about 15 minutes after the incidents.
On January 6, 2021, around 3:15 p.m., Spokane Police officers responded to a robbery of a business in the 100 block of south Division Street. The employee reported a female entered, claimed she was armed and demanded money. The suspect, with her hand in her jacket pocket, was given money then she fled the business.
Officers arrived on scene and obtained a victim statement along with viewing surveillance video in the area. Officers attained a suspect description.
While searching the area, the suspect, eventually identified as 18-year-old Cammey E. Ragsdale, entered a second business in the area of 800 W. 2nd Avenue. She approached the clerk claiming she was armed and demanded money.
Officers were unaware of the second robbery attempt at the time Officer Rhine spotted Ragsdale leaving the business.
Ragsdale saw the police car and ran away. She ran east down an alley then north on Post Street before turning back west into a different alley. Ragsdale climbed a tall fence and refused to stop, ignoring Officer Rhine’s commands. Officer Rhine climbed the fence and a concerned citizen in the area told him he saw Ragsdale run into a parking garage.
Officer Rhine caught up to Ragsdale who was holding a shiny object in her hand which she tossed onto the ground. The object turned out to be a putty knife. She was detained without incident.
Officers gave Ragsdale her Miranda Rights and learned the money she had stolen from the first business was stashed in the vehicle she had driven. Officers located the SUV in a parking lot in the immediate area and could see a wad of cash stuffed into the cup holder. The vehicle was seized pending a search warrant to recover evidence.
Officers developed probable cause to arrest Ragsdale for one count of Robbery 1st degree and one count of Attempted Robbery 1st degree. She was booked into the Spokane County Jail on those charges.
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