Two people arrested in connection to downtown Spokane robbery

SPOKANE, Wash. — Two people accused of robbery in downtown Spokane Saturday afternoon have been arrested following a car chase with police.

At around 2:45 pm, an armed robbery was reported in the 1100 block of W. 1st Ave. The caller said the man had a handgun and left it in a car, according to Spokane Police.

After establishing probable cause, Police said an officer looking for the suspected car found it in the area of Maple St. and 4th Ave. When the suspects noticed him, Police said they backed into the officer’s car and started a car chase.

At one point during the pursuit, Spokane Police lost touch with the car, but later found it in the area of S. Mt. Vernon St. and E. 61st Ave. using information from witnesses. Due to the severity of the situation and threat to the public, police were able to disable the car. Both suspects were taken into custody.

Police identified the driver as 18-year-old Shane White. He’s been booked into the Spokane County Jail for first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and attempting to elude police. Police said he’s also being booked for an extraditable warrant out of Benton County for first-degree robbery.

The passenger was identified as 20-year-old Hamza Hussein. Police said Hussein has been booked into the Spokane County Jail for first-degree robbery.

No injuries were reported and the investigation is still ongoing.

This is a developing story.