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UPDATE: Armed Robbery Suspect Violently Resists Arrest

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A man was arrested on Thursday night after being suspected of robbing Sunset Grocery. A man was arrested on Thursday night after being suspected of robbing Sunset Grocery.

UPDATE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: Thursday night around 6:30 pm, Spokane Police officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon near Sunset Grocery (1908 W Sunset Blvd). While patrolling, officers saw a person matching the suspect description walk into Sunset Grocery. 

As they approached the individual, officers noted that the suspect had his hand under his coat as if he was holding something, possibly a weapon. Officers approached the man inside the store just as he was walking up to the checkout counter. 

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Justin C. Werle (a convicted felon), was detained without incident. Officers discovered a sawed-off shotgun under his coat. It is against the law for a convicted felon to possess a firearm. 

Additionally, the shotgun had been modified and is unlawful to possess a firearm with this modification.   

Werle was arrested on charges of Attempted First Degree Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. After Werle was arrested and in a patrol car, he became extremely combative, hitting his head and legs against the car doors and windows. Officers were able to quickly and safely place Werle in leg restraints in order to keep him from injuring himself or others.

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives are investigating to determine a connection, if any, between Werle and other robberies at the Sunset Grocery. This investigation will be ongoing.


KHQ.COM - A man was arrested on Thursday night after being suspected of robbing Sunset Grocery.

He's identified as 28-year-old Justin Werle. Werle, a convicted felon, was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and had to be restrained by officers when they found him near the store. Officers say that Werle was very violent as they tried to take him into custody. He's now facing multiple charges. No one was injured.

Police say that Werle matches the suspect's description from previous robberies. Police believe that Werle was about to rob the store when they confronted him.


Police have just given us a description of the suspect that robbed Sunset Grocery on 1908 W Sunset Blvd Saturday evening.

He's described as a white man, just under six feet tall, and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

He displayed a handgun and made away with some money, although the actual amount is unknown at this time.


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A convenience store in Browne's Addition was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night.

Police say a man walked into the Sunset Grocery with a gun, demanded money and then fled the scene on foot. Police arrived quickly and set up a large perimeter in the area. A K-9 Unit was brought in to track the suspect and led police to a vacant house a few blocks away from the store near Second and Cannon.

Police blocked off the area and attempted to make contact with anyone who may have been inside. After no success, police made entry into the home and cleared it. No one was found inside.

Police have cleared the scene, but are still looking for the suspect. He is described as a white man, about 5'10"- 6'0" with a skinny build. He was wearing a black hoodie, jeans, and was covering his face with a bandana.

If you have any information on the suspect or his whereabouts, please call Crime Check at 456-2233.



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