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Spokane Landscape Employee Arrested for Extortion

SPOKANE, Wash. - Undercover sheriff's detectives backed by a Spokane County patrol deputy arrested a 31-year-old Spokane man Thursday after he attempted to extort $1,000 from the owner of a local landscaping company.

Tony W. Jones, 2300 W. Broadway, was booked into the Spokane County Jail about 2:30 p.m. on a felony count of Second-Degree Extortion.

The company owner called Crime Check Thursday morning and reported that the recently-fired employee was threatening to cause him trouble with state business and financial agencies.

He said the suspect had demanded $1,000 in cash by noon.

Investigative Task Force Detective Dave Herrin and Deputy Jennifer Sutter contacted the victim and arranged for him to provide $1,000 in marked bills to the suspect at an East Francis convenience store.

After the investigators watched the suspect take the cash, they arrested him on the spot.  During later interviews at the Pubic Safety Building, Jones confirmed that he had made the threat to gain the money.

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