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Court documents detail botched robbery, murder arrest

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Newly filed court documents reveal heretofore unknown details about a botched robbery at a north Spokane tattoo parlor that led to a 17-year-old dead. Newly filed court documents reveal heretofore unknown details about a botched robbery at a north Spokane tattoo parlor that led to a 17-year-old dead.
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Newly filed court documents reveal heretofore unknown details about a botched robbery at a north Spokane tattoo parlor that led to a 17-year-old dead. It happened Tuesday, May 26 at Northwest Accessories, in the 3400 block of North Monroe. Police say just after midnight on May 26, Spokane Police responded to the parlor for a reported shooting. When officers arrived they stopped a car pulling out of the parking lot. In the car they found 17-year-old Ceasar Medina, shot in the neck. Medina died at the scene.

After talking with witnesses, and reviewing video surveillance, detectives had a better idea of what happened. They say two black men entered Northwest Accessories through the back door. One suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Jeremiah Smith, ran into the main lobby of the shop with his gun held up. Detectives say Smith got Medina on the ground and held a gun to the back of his head. At that point the shop's manager said he threw an empty wine bottle at Smith. Detectives say Smith went after the manager, firing at least one shot, but the manager had already retreated to the basement.

According to officers, while Smith is trying to find the manager Medina gets up and runs from the room. But detectives say Smith quickly comes back in and chases Medina, firing 2 shots. Detectives say at least 1 of those shots hit Medina in the neck.

The two suspects then take off. Based on the surveillance video, detectives were able to positively ID Jeremiah Smith. Smith has 4 felony convictions including First Degree Robbery, First Degree Burglary, and Second Degree Assault. At the time of the robbery he was under supervision by the Department of Corrections. Detectives spoke with his DOC supervisor and showed the video of the robbery and murder, getting another positive ID.

On Thursday, June 4, Spokane Police announced they made an arrest in the murder. Undercover officers monitoring Smith watched him walk in to an address on East Euclid. When he was leaving, they took him into custody without incident.

Upon further investigation detectives learned Northwest Accessories sells synthetic marijuana, known as 'Spice', and, according to the bookkeeper, often has a lot of cash on hand. Detectives say the business is also a hangout for Sureno gangmembers. Smith is charged with First Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary, and Unlawful Possession of a firearm. He's being held on a $1 million bond.

KHQ has also learned that Smith could face life in prison under Washington's 3 Strikes law. If he's convicted of the murder charge, that would be his third strike, which mandates a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

 

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