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Man threatens to blow up Spokane gas station for cash, cigarettes

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police say a 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday and booked into jail for attempted first degree robbery of a Spokane gas station.

Officers responded to a call of an attempted robbery at the 76 station in the 8600 block of N. Nevada around 2 p.m. A man, identified as James Baggett, stole a van near Cusick, Wash. and drove to Spokane. He parked the van near a propane tank, went inside the gas station and demanded cash and cigarettes. He claimed to have explosives in the van and was going to blow the place up if he didn't get what he wanted.

The clerks in the station blocked Baggett when he tried to walk behind the counter, then called 911. A frustrated Baggett left the gas station and drove off in the van.

The Pend Oreille Sheriff's Office had been looking for the stolen van. Deputies stopped the van after the robbery and attempted to detain Baggett. Spokane Police responded to the traffic stop and arrested Baggett for the robbery. He has been booked into the Spokane County Jail.

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