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Robbery suspect in custody after standoff with police

SPOKANE, Wash. - 21537508

A wanted bank robbery suspect is in custody after Spokane police and SWAT shut down South Arthur between 5th and 8th for several hours Monday night.

Last week Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich issued a public safety warning for 41-year-old Scott Ruziecki after he allegedly robbed three banks and threatened to shoot police officers of they tried to approach him.

Ruziecki had been identified as the suspect in the robberies of two Banner Banks and a US Bank branch.

An investigation by Spokane Police Anti-Crime Team, or PACT, lead to a home in the 600 block of South Arthur and on Monday the SWAT team and negotiators moved in.

They tried to make contact with Ruziecki for three hours before he walked out and surrendered under his own power.

"He came out without incident and without injury," said Sergeant Lydia Taylor. "SWAT officers took him into custody and officers are executing a search warrant to try and find evidence related to the search warrant."

Ruziecki was booked into jail on his two warrants for first-degree robbery and first-degree theft as well as a new charge of first-degree robbery.

Nearby neighbors who had been evacuated were allowed back into their homes around 10 p.m. The roads were reopened an hour later.