NEW DETAILS: Bank Extortion Case
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On October 14, 2010 just before noon a man called the Inland Northwest Bank on W. Francis demanding a large sum of money. 37-year-old Donnell L. Winston told the bank employee that he had planted five bombs at five different schools and if the money was not dropped near 13th/Arthur, he would start blowing up schools.
Winston demanded the money drop to occur at 1pm, but called back increasing the timeline to 12 noon. Bank employees contacted Spokane Police Department immediately, genuinely concerned about the credibility of the threat. Area school districts were notified to be aware of suspicious devices.
Arrangements were made for police detectives to drop the money bag at 13th and Arthur, per Winston's demands. Winston also stated he wanted them to honk their horn two times as the bag was dropped.
A few hours after the initial threatening phone call, detectives (acting as a bank employee) dropped the bag, honked the horn and Winston came out of his home to retrieve the bag. A female was also with Winston at that time; both were immediately detained by police.
Major Crimes Detectives continued the investigation. Winston was booked into jail on an unrelated warrant. Detectives have submitted a charging request to the Prosecutor's Office for charges of Attempted 1st degree Robbery and five counts of Bomb Threats.
No suspicious devices were located on school grounds.
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