North Idaho

Good Samaritan helps thwart beer rip

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - David Travieso is one for the underdog. So when an armed robber tried to do a beer rip at a Texaco gas station off Northwest Blvd. Thursday night he wasn't going to stand idly by and let it happen.

Travieso stopped at the Texaco to pick up a drink Thursday night; so did Jon Wallace Hohnsbehn, who allegedly went straight to a cooler, grabbed a couple of beers and walked out.

"He didn't say hi or nothing," Travieso said.

Beer rip thwarted in Coeur d'Alene

The cashier and Travieso followed him outside but Hohnsbehn wasn't going to give the beer back. Travieso decided he wasn't going to let him get away.

"When he initially pulled the knife I tried cutting him off, he didn't stop he kept coming towards me. that's when I started backing up," he said.

Being a military veteran, and a man who's about the doing the right thing, Travieso followed Hohnsbehn.

"We walked around the back side and then ended up coming all the way around," he said.

And he kept following, for about a mile, to a spot near the Hamptons Inn. All the while, the Coeur d'Alene Police were kept up to date so they knew exactly where to go.

"If it had not been for that citizen telling us where we could find this individual we would not have found this suspect," Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo said.

It was Chief Longo, in fact, who happened to be on Northwest Blvd. when the robbery call went out over the radio, and responded to the scene.

"I gave the commands to the individual to halt, comply with us," Longo said.

Hohnsbehn decided not to comply however; he kept drinking and started swearing at the chief. Officers eventually took him into custody.

"Basically said he was thirsty so he was stealing some beer," Chief Longo said.

While Coeur d'Alene police slapped the cuffs on Hohnsbehn, it was Travieso who did the footwork to track him down.

"We are very grateful for the actions he took to help us arrest this violent offender," Longo said.