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Posted on: April 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Update: Robbery Suspect Identified and Arrested

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Update: Robbery Suspect Identified and Arrested


On April 21, 2021, Spokane County Patrol Sheriff’s Sergeant Clay Hilton noticed a white Chevrolet truck in the Airway Heights area just after midnight.  The vehicle was occupied and matched the vehicle used during the Banner Bank robbery in Spokane Valley on April 20, 2021.   

Sergeant Hilton advised dispatch of his suspicion and conducted a traffic stop of the truck.  He contacted the driver, identified as 39-year-old Shaun S. Murrell, and learned Murrell’s driving privileges were suspended in Idaho and Washington.

Murrell was arrested for driving while suspended and booked into the Spokane County Jail.  With the truck matching the pictures of the getaway vehicle used during the bank robbery, it was seized as evidence pending a search warrant.  

The Major Crimes Unit was provided the information regarding the arrest and seizure of the vehicle.  Already working the bank robbery investigation, Major Crimes Detective Mike Drapeau began looking into this new evidence and is working to obtain a search warrant for the truck.  

Through the continued investigation, Detective Drapeau developed probable cause to charge Murrell with Robbery 1st Degree.           

This investigation remains open and active as Detectives believe a second suspect assisted Murrell during the robbery of Banner Bank.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10048982.


Original Press Release: 

Detectives Investigate Bank Robbery on E. Sprague


Spokane Valley Deputies searched for the person(s) who robbed the Banner Bank branch on Sprague, near Sullivan, but were unsuccessful.  

If you have information regarding this robbery, you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10048982.  

This is an active investigation, and no further information is available at this time.  

On April 20, 2021, at approximately 4:15 pm., Spokane Valley Deputies began to respond to a holdup alarm at Banner Bank, located 15606 E. Sprague.  

During that time, Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC) Dispatchers advised Deputies an employee confirmed the bank was robbed.  The suspect was last seen running through the parking lot toward the Dollar Store, possibly to a waiting vehicle.   

Deputies arrived quickly and established a perimeter, began a search for the suspect, and interviewed witnesses.

Thankfully, none of the bank employees or customers were injured during the robbery.

The suspect was described as a white, or possibly Hispanic, male, shorter in height (estimate of 5’05”-5’06”) with a slender build. He was wearing a black t-shirt, black jeans, a dark baseball cap, and a facemask.  Witness also described dark, arm’s length (full sleeve) tattoos on both the suspect’s arms. 

If you have information regarding this robbery, you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10048982.  


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