UPDATE: Armed Robbery Suspect Violently Resists Arrest - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UPDATE: Armed Robbery Suspect Violently Resists Arrest

Posted: Updated:
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.

PREVIOUS STORY:

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.

PREVIOUS STORY:

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.

PREVIOUS STORY:

Mobile Users Click This Link For The Slideshow: http://bit.ly/1c0sWzX

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.

 

 

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Hello Kitty Cafe Truck makes first trip to Spokane

    Hello Kitty Cafe Truck makes first trip to Spokane

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:07:56 GMT
    hellokittycafetruck instagramhellokittycafetruck instagram

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're a Hello Kitty fan, we have the 'purrfect' way for you to spend an upcoming Saturday.  On April 21, the Hello Kitty Café truck is visiting Spokane. The truck will be parked outside River Park Square from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. near the entrance to Williams-Sonoma. According to their events page, the truck will feature exclusive items, limited edition collectibles, and treats. It'll be the truck's first visit to the Lilac City. shared b...

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're a Hello Kitty fan, we have the 'purrfect' way for you to spend an upcoming Saturday.  On April 21, the Hello Kitty Café truck is visiting Spokane. The truck will be parked outside River Park Square from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. near the entrance to Williams-Sonoma. According to their events page, the truck will feature exclusive items, limited edition collectibles, and treats. It'll be the truck's first visit to the Lilac City. shared b...

    More >>
  • Suspect hospitalized after stealing, crashing ambulance from Virginia Beach hospital

    Suspect hospitalized after stealing, crashing ambulance from Virginia Beach hospital

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:50 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:50:21 GMT
    NBC NewsNBC News
    NBC NewsNBC News

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia say a man stole an ambulance, drove it while intoxicated and then crashed it. The Virginian-Pilot reported that 27-year-old Theodore E. Gasiorowski was charged with grand larceny and DUI. He was released from jail on bond Friday morning. Police said Gasiorowski stole the ambulance Thursday night at a hospital in Virginia Beach. He allegedly took the vehicle while its crew was dropping 

    More >>

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia say a man stole an ambulance, drove it while intoxicated and then crashed it. The Virginian-Pilot reported that 27-year-old Theodore E. Gasiorowski was charged with grand larceny and DUI. He was released from jail on bond Friday morning. Police said Gasiorowski stole the ambulance Thursday night at a hospital in Virginia Beach. He allegedly took the vehicle while its crew was dropping 

    More >>
  • Idaho State Police Trooper cleared after firing at vehicle that drove at him

    Idaho State Police Trooper cleared after firing at vehicle that drove at him

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:41 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:41:36 GMT

    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho State Police trooper who fired seven shots at a vehicle containing two teenage girls who authorities say tried to run over the trooper has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Bonneville County Prosecutor Daniel Clark in a statement Thursday says Travis Gurney was justified in discharging his weapon after the driver made herself a danger to police and the public at large. Neither girl was hit by gunfire.    Authorities tell the Idaho State Journ...

    More >>

    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho State Police trooper who fired seven shots at a vehicle containing two teenage girls who authorities say tried to run over the trooper has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Bonneville County Prosecutor Daniel Clark in a statement Thursday says Travis Gurney was justified in discharging his weapon after the driver made herself a danger to police and the public at large. Neither girl was hit by gunfire.    Authorities tell the Idaho State Journ...

    More >>