Spokane Police Make Arrests In 'Take Over Style' Robberies - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Spokane Police Make Arrests In 'Take Over Style' Robberies

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police arrested seven people who they believe are connected to a string of violent robberies across Spokane, including take-over style robberies at two local businesses.
 
Police arrested Derek Wilson, 25; Christopher Comer, 24; Michael Brown, 23; Dwayne Tolbert, 21; Alexsis Schell, 18; as well as 16-year-old Brettley Sanderson and his 15-year-old girlfriend Jazzmine Lindsey. They all face first-degree robbery charges. According to station policy, KHQ typically doesn't name minors however there is an exception in this case because the teens face felony charges.
 
Police say the group robbed the McDonald's on 4647 South Regal Street on May 25 as well as the Zip Trip at 2020 West Francis Avenue six days later. Detectives also linked the group to two home invasion robberies in the 2900 block of North Hogan Street on June 6 as well as the 1700 block of East Columbia on July 13.
 
While police say some of the suspects have ties to gangs it was unclear how the whole group is connected to one another. Police described the group as "loosely-knit." Detectives did not specify what each individuals specific roles were in the robberies. They believe that information will unfold as the investigation develops.

Investigators said the surveillance video from the McDonald's robbery was a key piece of evidence in the case. Police also conducted a search warrant and seized three cars in the 2400 block of East Francis Avenue, where they found evidence linked to the robberies.

According to a news release from Spokane Police, the Major Crimes Unit coordinated with several departments to arrest the suspects. "Spokane Police Special Investigation Unit, Targeted Crimes Unit, Patrol PACT team, Patrol Officers, County Deputies, and The US Marshall's Regional Violent Offenders Task Force were all involved in the operation."

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Spokane Police Department Press Release:

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives arrested 7 suspects related to 4 armed robberies.  Two of those were "take over" style robberies of the McDonald's at 4647 S. Regal on May 25th and The Zip Trip at 2020 W. Francis on May 31st.  Some members from that same group were arrested for the armed home invasion robberies at 2900 N. Hogan on June 6th and 1700 E. Columbia on June 13th.  These suspects have been booked into jail or juvenile for 1st degree robbery and there will be a multitude of other felony charges once the investigation is completed.  At this time the following people have been arrested:

23 year old Michael D. Brown

21 year old Dwayne J. Tolbert

18 year old Alexsis A. Schell

24 year old Christopher M. Comer

25 year old Derek L. Wilson

And one 16 year old juvenile male and one 15 year old juvenile female

The majority of the arrests happened on Thursday and Tolbert was arrested Friday. 

Detectives seized 3 vehicles related to the robberies and conducted a search warrant on a residence in the 2400 block of East Francis and recovered evidence from the robberies. 

Due to the violent nature of these armed robberies and some Gang affiliation of the suspects, the Major Crimes Unit coordinated with several departments to conduct the arrest sweep. 

Spokane Police Special Investigation Unit, Targeted Crimes Unit, Patrol PACT team, Patrol Officers, County Deputies, and The US Marshall's Regional Violent Offenders Task Force were all involved in the operation.

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