Refusing to be a victim, woman stands up to robbery suspect

SPOKANE, Wash. - Attempted kidnapping foiled vo

A North Spokane woman was watching a crime show on TV Tuesday night and didn't expect a real-life crime to unfold inside her home.

The situation started around 8:30 p.m. when 22-year-old Eric Reisen and 24-year-old Thomas Sweeney allegedly robbed the Rite Aid near Division and Rowan.

The suspects led police on a short chase; Reisen ended up ditching their getaway car near Maple and Glass and that's where things escalated when he started breaking into homes and ended up in Brenda Tonolini's home.

"It was a little crazy. I guess I don't live in the real world," she said.

Tonolini was sitting in front of the TV watching NCIS when Reisen allegedly broke a small window in her home.

"There was a man in the bathroom and when he saw me he came up," Tonolini said.

Reisen grabbed her and told her to stay inside, but Tonolini didn't flinch.

"He didn't want me to go, he had my arm but I just pulled my arm away," she said.

Tonolini then ran out the front door. Police were already surrounding her home and when Reisen tried to get out through the backyard officers quickly arrested him.

"These incidents put everybody at danger, they put the public at danger," Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Spokane police are praising Tonolini for her bravery.

"She did everything right and was able to get away from the guy and what could have been a dangerous hostage situation, ended up being one where we were able to get the guy in custody," Fuller said.

The one downside to the incident was that while Tonolini escaped unscathed, her dog Abby, a three-year-old English Setter, escaped from her house as well.

"She's just a sweetheart, she lives here, she doesn't know the outside world," Tonolini said.

Tonolini has canvassed the area looking for Abby but has not found her. The dog is wearing a tag and has been microchipped, anyone with information about the dog's whereabouts are asked to call either Spokanimal or SCRAPS.

As for Reiser and Sweeney, Sweeney turned himself into authorities Wednesday morning. His bond has been set at $30,000. Reiser, who was arrested Tuesday night near Tonolini's home, had his bond set at $50,000.