What started as an armed robbery at the Rite Aid pharmacy on North Division Tuesday night ended with one suspect trying to hold a woman hostage.
The wild night for Spokane Police began around 8:30 p.m. at the North Division Rite Aid. Police say 22-year-old Eric Reisen and 24-year-old Thomas Sweeney robbed the pharmacy at gunpoint and got away with a bag of oxycontin.
Employees called police right away, which allowed them to quickly catch up with Reisen - who was driving the getaway car. During the car chase Reisen crashed the car, but kept driving. Miles away at Gordon and Maple he ditched the car. Sweeney took off on foot and Reisen then began breaking into homes, according to police.
Reisen first tried to break into a home at Glass and Gordon but ditched that home and broke into another one next door. Inside, Brenda Tonolini was "watching TV and making caramel corn" when she heard a noise in her basement.
She started to go downstairs to investigate when she says Reisen came at her. She say Reisen grabbed her arm and said someone stabbed him and he needed help. She knew that was a lie and broke free from his grasp. As she ran out to safety, police say Reisen tried to run out the back door but by that time police had him surrounded.
Reisen was arrested and booked on multiple charges including robbery, eluding, burglary and kidnapping. Reisen also has multiple outstanding warrants. His accomplice has yet to be identified and is still on the run from police. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Sweeney turned himself in to police early Wednesday morning with the help of a family member police said.
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