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Car prowler busted by homeowners appears in court

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The scene near Comstock Park Tuesday night. The scene near Comstock Park Tuesday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A suspected car prowler went before a judge Wednesday after being arrested Tuesday night near Comstock Park.

Samual A. Clopton was charged with robbery in court.

Court documents show the homeowners got home Tuesday night and noticed that their car’s dome light was on. The wife looked inside and reached for a bottle of apple cider, when a man jumped out of the car and started running.

Documents report her husband chased after him, eventually tackling him, and during the struggle, the man apparently pointed what appeared to be a firearm at him. The wife then jumped on top of the weapon, and felt him fire four times. That’s when she learned it was a BB gun. It then says she grabbed the bottle she had on her and hit the suspect’s head with it in fear for their own safety.

The homeowners held the man until police arrived. Documents show the wife later found her property in Clopton’s backpack.

Clopton is being held in jail on a $50,000 bond. He is also awaiting trial for another case he was charged with back in August. Those charges include identity theft, possession of stolen property, and vehicle prowling. 

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