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Robbery Suspect Wanted

Posted 4/24/2013 2:05 PM by MDGREGORY
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On Saturday evening, April 20, 2013, at 7:40 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to a robbery call at Divines Gas Station located at Pines and Mission in Spokane Valley. The employee/victim told 911 that an adult male suspect had assaulted him in the neck with a pen, then took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency from the cash register.

When deputies arrived on scene the victim said the suspect rode away from the business on a bicycle. He told deputies he last saw the suspect riding north across Mission on the east side of Comfort Inn located at 12715 E. Mission Ave.

Corporal Jeff Shover responded to the area and located an abandoned bicycle behind American Behavioral Health Services (ABHS), located at 12715 E. Mission. The victim positively identified the bicycle as the one the suspect rode off on.

Deputies contacted staff at American Behavioral Health Services to inquire if the suspect was a resident of the facility. Staff members told deputies they were not able to either confirm or deny if the suspect was a resident. Additionally, staff members contacted their supervisor on the phone and were told they were not able to confirm or deny any information requested by law enforcement, even with the knowledge that one of their residents had just possibly committed robbery within a block of their facility.

At about 12:56 a.m., American Behavioral Health Services called Crime Check and reported that 31-year-old Joshua M. Wippert had walked away from the facility. They reported he was found missing at 12:15 a.m., then reported the incident at 12:55 a.m. Information provided by ABHS staff as to what Wippert was last seen wearing, and his physical appearance, was the exact same the victim of the robbery reported.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detective Kirk Keyser was assigned this robbery case. The victim has positively identified the suspect as Joshua Wippert. Wippert is currently wanted for 1st Degree Robbery.

Anyone with information as to Wippert's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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