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Spokane robbery suspect arrested less than an hour after the crime

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.  Sohng was booked into jail for 1st Degree Robbery. . Sohng was booked into jail for 1st Degree Robbery.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Police arrested a 19-year-old robbery suspect less than an hour after the crime, thanks to help from alert witnesses.

Just before 8 a.m., a woman was parked at the intersection of Lacey and Sprague when a man suddenly came up to her window, reached in, and tore her purse away from her. The robber then ran away.

People standing nearby saw the robbery, and noticed the suspect had a gun. They followed him to a house about a block away and called police. When officers arrived moments later, they were able to figure out who the suspect was, and convinced him to come outside.

19-year-old Simon J. Sohng was promptly arrested without incident and booked into jail for first-degree robbery. 

When officers searched the house, they found the victim's purse, the gun used in the robbery, and a large amount of prescription pills and cash.

In a police report, Spokane Police Department commended the witnesses who stepped up to report the crime and provide vital information about the suspect, which allowed officers to quickly take a "dangerous individual off the streets."

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