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Deputies: Man arrested after two failed robbery attempts

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Arturo Champine in a 2014 DOC photo Arturo Champine in a 2014 DOC photo
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Unless it's robbery. Don't try it again. In fact, don't try it at all. Unless you want to end up like 24-year-old Arturo J. Champine. 

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies arrested Champine on Thursday after what they say was his second unsuccessful robbery attempt in Spokane Valley. 

Deputies say Champine first walked into the Ramada Inn lobby on North Sullivan and asked if he could wait for a friend. Deputies say the employee told them it appeared Champine was either intoxicated or had mental health issues and he briefly left. However, he came back inside after a few minutes, approached the same employee and demanded money. Thinking the demand was a joke, the employee said no to which Champine replied "Are we really going to do this now?" while reaching into his backpack in an apparent attempt to grab a weapon. 

Champine demanded money again, and the employee still refused. The employee and other people in the lobby went out the front door while Champine fled down a hallway. 

About 90 minutes later, Deputies were called to Pizza Pipeline on East Trent for another attempted robbery. Employees say a man, identified later as Champine, walked in the store, behind the front counter and made demands for money. Two employees working in the back came out to the front and Champine then ran away. An employee gave chase, but Champine escaped. 

Less than an hour later, a deputy noticed someone matching the suspect description from the robberies walking in the area of Trent and Dollar. Deputies stopped the man, identified as Champine and arrested him. 

Champine was booked into the Spokane County jail for 2 counts of 2nd Degree Robbery. 

A criminal history search on Champine shows he has seven previous felony convictions including Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Residential Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Champine also has 5 misdemeanor convictions that include Theft, Assault, and Malicious Mischief. 

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