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Detectives searching for additional victims in 'language barrier' robberies

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Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Detectives believe there may be additional theft victims who have reported incidents due to a language barrier. Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Detectives believe there may be additional theft victims who have reported incidents due to a language barrier.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are looking for additional robbery victims who may not have reported incidents due to a language barrier. 


Deputy Mark Gregory told KHQ on Thursday that Hispanic man reported being a victim of robbery and theft on August 15th in north Spokane County. The man didn't speak English well, but through an interpreter, detectives were able to determine that the man met 25-year-old Traci L. Whitney in Spokane and knew her through Facebook. The two decided to finally meet in a parking lot in downtown, and they then drove to a house to pick up Whitney's friend, 33-year-old Bennie L. Carson. 


After picking up Carson, they drove to a location north of Spokane and made the victim get out of the car. The victim said Carson then pulled a gun on him and took his cell phone, wallet and all of his money. The victim said Carson and Whitney left him on the side of the road and drove off. 


Detectives didn't have to look far to find Carson. He was already in the Spokane County Jail on an unrelated charge. He now faces a charge of 1st Degree Robbery, and additional charges are expected to be filed. 


Detectives think the suspects may have been targeting victims who have not reported being victimized due to a language barrier. 


Anyone who may have been a victim or have information about similar incidents are asked to call Detective Elliot at 477-3786. 

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