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Four teenagers arrested in connection to violent Spokane Valley robbery and assault

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives announced on Tuesday that thanks to tips from the public, the four teenagers believed to be responsible for a vicious robbery and assault last week have been arrested. 

The incident happened at the Zip Trip located at 8215 East Trent in Spokane Valley on June 19. 

Deputies said a group of men entered the store and tried to steal alcohol. When the employee tried to stop the theft, the men started assaulting him. A customer saw what was going on tried to intervene. The beating moved from inside the store out into the parking lot where the men continued to severely beat the customer who was trying to help. The customer sustained serious injuries but deputies say they were not life threatening. The clerk reported he was not seriously injured.

Thanks to help from the public identifying the suspects, the four juveniles (ages 14,16 and two 17-year-olds) were arrested. Due to the severity of the crime, detectives are recommending the two 17-year-olds and the 16-year-old be charged as adults. The 14-year-old will be tried as a juvenile. They will all be charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Robbery, and 1st and 2nd Degree Assault.

The clarity of the pictures played a vital role in catching the suspects. Detective Keyser said, “These suspects were quickly identified because this business has a higher quality surveillance system.  Our community wants to help us solve crimes and once clear pictures like these are put out, suspects are quickly identified.”    

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