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Sheriff seeks help in Petro hit-and-run investigation


Last updated 1/9/2020 at 11:14am

WEST PLAINS — The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes unit is asking for the publics help identifying a robbery suspect who intentionally hit a store employee as he fled.

On the afternoon of Dec. 23, deputies responded to a report of a robbery at the Petro Station at 10506 W. Aero Road, just off the Medical Lake interchange in West Spokane County, according to a press release.

A female employee told deputies she observed an adult male grab approximately $3 worth of food and flee the store without paying.

When she followed the suspect into the parking lot, yelling for him to stop, he jumped behind the wheel of a white two-door 90’s Honda with a sunroof.

The employee stood in front of the vehicle and attempted to take a picture, but the suspect pulled forward, nudging her, before accelerating, hitting the woman hard enough that she landed on the car’s hood, then sharply applied the breaks, causing the her to slide off the driver’s side of the hood.

The suspect then accelerated again, striking the victim a second time and knocking her to the ground as he drove away.

The suspect is described as a red-headed white male, 25 – 30 years old, weighing about 200 pounds and standing about 6-foot-2-inches tall.

The victim was given medical attention at the scene for a sore knee and ankle but was not transported, but later sought additional treatment on her own, according to the press release.

A blond female was seated in the passenger seat of the suspect vehicle, which appeared to be full of property and trash, indicating the suspect may be living out of the vehicle.

Investigators hope the unidentified female passenger, who may not have known the suspect’s criminal intentions, would contact them to help identify the suspect and provide a statement.

Anyone with information about the incident, or can help identify the male suspect, is urged to call Detective kirk Keyser at 509-477-6611, reference #10180094.


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