Juvenile arrested in connection to Hai’s Market armed robbery

Juvenile arrested in connection to Hai’s Market armed robbery

A teenager is facing three felony charges stemming from an armed robbery in Spokane and a standoff with Spokane Valley deputies.

On May 16, Spokane Valley deputies were called to an apartment complex on the 12100 block of east Cataldo, where there were reports of a shooting. After obtaining a search warrant, they took a 16-year-old male and one other suspect into custody. Deputies seized an altered .410 shotgun and a BB gun as evidence.

Police believe the 16-year-old arrested in Spokane Valley is the same suspect who robbed the Hai’s Market just two days earlier. Following up on investigative leads, SPD’s Major Crimes Unit found evidence tying the teen to the May 14 armed robbery.

Spokane police say a suspect entered Hai’s Market on the 5100 block of north Crestline around 7:30 p.m. last Sunday and displayed a shotgun while demanding money. The suspect ran after getting the cash, firing one shot at a person walking into the business as he was leaving. No one was injured. Police arrived within three minutes of the initial call, but couldn’t find the suspect.

While the teen was still being held in the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Facility for 1st Degree Assault charges stemming from the incident in Spokane Valley, three felony charges of 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Robbery, and Drive By Shooting were forwarded to the prosecutor’s office in connection to the Hai’s Market robbery.